Meet the Board: Valorie Cowan Zimmerman

Do you know who’s running the show at the Washington State Genealogical Society? Did you know we have an Executive Committee and four standing committee chairs? Who are these people? In the coming months, we’ll introduce them to you.

In today’s “Meet the Board” series, we’re introducing you to Valorie Cowan Zimmerman, WSGS’s Vice President. Valorie lives in Kent with her husband Bob. Her family calls her Val, but as an adult, she uses Valorie. She is very active in the South King County Genealogical Society, serving as President.

Valorie was born in 1953 in the Renton Hospital, which is now McLendon’s Hardware, the daughter of Ted and Lola (McBee) Cowan. Valorie’s father was born and raised in Seattle, while Mom was born at home in Indianola, Iowa, but grew up in Alberta Canada until age 15. She then moved to Seattle to attend high school and work.

Valorie’s professional career was varied: house cleaner, mother and in the securities and insurance business. She is proud to be a lifelong learner and now is a full-time volunteer for her genealogical societies.

Valorie’s maternal grandparents Harvey McBee and Anna Baysinger on their wedding day in 1914.

Valorie’s interest in genealogy was sparked in her teen years by her curiosity about her grandparents’ lives. The world they were born into was so different than anything Valorie had experienced. She is particularly interested in her grandmother’s Swedish ancestry. While she hasn’t been to Sweden (yet!), she connected with Swedish researcher/cousins who have helped her get back to the 1600s on some of her ancestral lines. Valorie says “Finding living cousins is the best!” Lucky her!

On Valorie’s stateside bucket list to visit is a trip to Warren County, Iowa where her mother was born and generations of Baysingers and Disneys lived. She’d also like to visit Grainger County, Tennessee where her McBee’s lived before moving on to Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

Valorie and Bob, 1972

Valorie and her husband Bob, a retired Boeing production engineer, have three children and a bonus: Thomas who now lives in Denver, Colorado at a computer company; Paul who lives in Seattle with his wife Tara and son Oscar; and Anne who also lives in Seattle with her husband Jason and their kitties. Valorie and Bob’s bonus child has been raised by them since their mother Carol, Valorie’s first cousin, died. They and husband Rory live for the time being in Seattle. 

A few more interesting tidbits about Valorie:
• Favorite genealogy websites: FamilySearchAncestry and WikiTree
• Favorite color: Flower colors
• Favorite dessert: Dark chocolate
• When she’s not doing genealogy, Valorie likes to enjoy art, read novels and history books and chat with people
• When asked to describe herself in one word, Valorie replied, “curious.” (Her husband, however, might say “stubborn”!) Aren’t both of those words perfect to describe a genealogist?

Now you know a little more about another of the WSGS Board members. The next time you see Valorie say hello and thank her for her service to WSGS.

South King County Genealogical Society September Events


SEPTEMBER – EARLY OCTOBER 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS

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PROGRAM UPDATES

  • All meetings are virtual except the in-person Research Group and Genealogy Help at the Auburn Library
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request



Saturday, September 3, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Friday, September 9, 2022, 12:30 – 2:30 pm PT
EGS German Interest Group (virtual)
“German Immigrant Waves” 
by James M. Beidler, a nationally recognized speaker on Germanic topics. The 1700s “Pennsylvania Germans” were a different breed than the “German Americans” who immigrated in the 1800s. This presentation shows the differences in geography, economic class, religion, and aspirations of the two great waves of German immigration.

Visitors welcome and more information at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com 
Registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcuqrqzsoE9wzHaYH6vif_9D4PJjxRuOK    


Monday, September 12, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (virtual)
DNA Roundup
This group is for genealogists who use DNA data as part of their research. We’ll review testing companies, sites which accept DNA (and GEDCOM) uploads and why you would want to upload. Subscribe for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Friday, September 16, 2022, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Group (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent Family History Center 12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.org

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9:30am PT social time; 10:00am – 11:30am PT program
SKCGS General Meeting (virtual)
“Use of Mind Maps in Genealogy” presented by Diana Elder
 

Mind mapping can help to visualize a difficult research problem such as men with the same name, multiple generations in a county, and more. Mind mapping can be done on paper, on a whiteboard, or with a computer program. Learn proven techniques to map your family history and make more discoveries.


Diana Elder AGⓇ is a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States. Diana authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and co-authored the companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence. Diana and her daughter, Nicole Dyer, are the hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast and share research tips on their website, FamilyLocket.com.

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Monday, September 19, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Technical User Group (virtual)
How to Take a Screenshot and When and Why You Want To
TUG is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites. Subscribe for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Thursday, September 22, 2022 11:00am – 1:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Auburn Library
(in-person)
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
1102 Auburn Way S
Auburn, WA 98002
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, email kcls-auburn@kcls.org

Monday, September 26, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
(virtual)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! For meeting invitations and discussion, join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Friday, October 7, 2022, 12:30 – 2:30 pm PT
EGS German Interest Group (virtual)
Discovering German Church Records at Matricula Online by Dana Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM)

Obtaining German church records can be challenging unless you know where to find them. Discover the abundance of these Catholic records at Matricula Online. Visitors welcome and more information at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com 
Registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdOGhqDgjHdA_nGKC0I4V03oDoFmQa_Zo   



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SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 582
AUBURN, WASHINGTON 98071-0582 

South King County Genealogical Society August – Early September 2022 Meetings & Events


Some of our regular monthly events are paused for the summer so be sure to check the Program Updates section below for the latest news.   

AUGUST – EARLY SEPTEMBER 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • The in-person Research Group is cancelled for August
  • EGS German Interest Group is on summer break and will resume September 9, 2022
  • SKCGS monthly General Meetings with featured speakers will resume September 17, 2022
  • August SKCGS Board Meeting is cancelled
  • Genealogy Help (in-person) with SKCGS at the Auburn Library is the 4th Thursday of the month
  • King County Library System online event: “How to Make New Photo Discoveries with Google Images” presented by Lisa Louise Cooke; August 9, 2022, 6:00pm-7:15pm PT; register for event:  https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/62bc9b607a5c6b36000765c8



Saturday, August 6, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Monday, August 8, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (virtual)
23andMe: Matches and More
This group is for genealogists who use DNA data as part of their research. Subscribe for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Monday, August 15, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Technical User Group (virtual)
Digital Organization and File Structure
Resources:
6 Tips for Organizing Your Digital Genealogy Files: https://www.familytreemagazine.com/organization/organizing-digital-genealogy-files/
TUG is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites. Subscribe for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Monday, August 22, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
(virtual)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! For meeting invitations and discussion, join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Thursday, August 25, 2022 11:00am – 1:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Auburn Library
(in-person)
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
1102 Auburn Way S
Auburn, WA 98002
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, email kcls-auburn@kcls.org

Saturday, September 3, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.


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MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at http://skcgs.org/membership.

South King County Genealogical Society July-Early August Meetings & Events’


Some of our regular monthly events are paused for the summer so be sure to check the Program Updates section below for the latest news.   

JULY – EARLY AUGUST 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • The in-person Research Group is cancelled for July and August
  • EGS German Interest Group is on summer break and will resume September 9, 2022
  • SKCGS monthly General Meetings with featured speakers will resume September 16, 2022
  • July and August SKCGS Board Meetings are cancelled
  • NEW! Genealogy Help (in-person) with SKCGS at the Auburn Library starts July 28, 2022



Saturday, July 2, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Monday, July 11, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (virtual)
Triangulation – What is it, Why Should I Care, and How Can I Use It?
Resources:
Triangulation Resources In One Place:   https://dna-explained.com/2020/12/16/triangulation-resources-in-one-place/ 
This group is for genealogists who use DNA data as part of their research. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Monday, July 18, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Technical User Group (virtual)
Starting & Keeping a Successful Blog
Resources:
Blogger Help: https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1623800?hl=en
Start a Free WordPress Blog: https://wordpress.com/website-builder
Tips to Write an Excellent Genealogy Blog: https://ancestralfindings.com/tips-write-excellent-genealogy-blog/

TUG is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Monday, July 25, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
(virtual)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! For meeting invitations and discussion, join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Thursday, July 28, 2022 11:00am – 1:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Auburn Library
(in-person)
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
1102 Auburn Way S
Auburn, WA 98002
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, email kcls-auburn@kcls.org

Saturday, August 6 , 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Volunteer needed for approximately one hour per month. Our new Secretary until recently posted and ensured the accuracy of our Groups.io calendars, which send out meeting invitations and reminders. She needs to step back from that job. Please volunteer by writing to president@skcgs.org. Training is provided.  


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MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at http://skcgs.org/membership.

You are receiving this email because you have attended a SKCGS meeting and indicated you would like to receive periodic notice of events. If you would like to be removed from our list and stop receiving emails from us, send an email to skcgsfriends+unsubscribe@skcgs.org.

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SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 582
AUBURN, WASHINGTON 98071-0582 

South King County Genealogical Society June & Early July Meetings & Events


BOARD ELECTIONS – RESULTS
Congratulations to Alexis Scholz, Vice President; Melanie Hinds, Secretary; and, MaryLynn Strickland, Member at Large. We are grateful for the talented individuals leading our society into the future. 

JUNE – EARLY JULY 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • All meetings are virtual except the in-person Research Group
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request



Saturday, June 4, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT

Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)
Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Monday, June 13, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (virtual)
Success Stories
This group is for genealogists who use DNA data as part of their research. Mystery matches, helping adoptees and other NPE situations, and brick walls broken. Bring your stories to share. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Friday, June 17, 2022, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Group (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent Family History Center 12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.org

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 9:30am PT social time; 10:00am – 11:30am PT program
SKCGS General Meeting (virtual)
“DNA Clustering: Automating Shared Matching” presented by Alec Ferretti
 

This talk will demystify autoclustering, by demonstrating how it is simply a more visual method of automating shared matches. Case studies will be used to show how autoclustering is valuable, but is essentially the same strategy genealogists have been using for years.

Alec Ferretti is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who works for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high net worth clients. He serves actively on the Board of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit dedicated to wrangling public records from obstinate government agencies.


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Monday, June 20, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT

Technical User Group (virtual)
US State Digital Archives
See: Washington State Digital Archives: https://digitalarchives.wa.gov/

TUG is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Monday, June 27, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
(virtual)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! For meeting invitations and discussion, join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Saturday, July 2 , 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.
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MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at http://skcgs.org/membership.

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SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 582
AUBURN, WASHINGTON 98071-0582 

2021 and 2022 President’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement Announced

WSGS President Kathleen Sizer is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 and 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award:

  • 2021 — Helen McGreer Lewis, Renton, 1923 – 2017
  • 2022 — Jill Morelli, Seattle

Created in 2015, the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement is designed to single out that rare individual, society or organization who has demonstrated exemplary service above and beyond expectations. The award is not given every year as it is based on merit and accomplishments, as you’ll see from reading about the recipients below.

Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis’s final years of service to genealogy and family history were not only unfailing but critical to the success of archives and genealogy groups in Washington state and beyond. She not only volunteered in her local societies including South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS) and DAR, but  also indexed public records for the Washington State Archives as a volunteer for over 25 years. Her work lives on through the Washington State Digital Archives.

She authored a number of books for which she gained no income; she assigned the proceeds to the South King County Genealogical Society. In her DAR work, she helped countless others as they worked to solidify their connection to American Patriots. She also served as liaison between the SKCGS and the DAR. 

Jill Morelli

Jill Morelli, C.G.

Jill is a self-described member of the “Roots” generation of genealogists.  From that spark, Jill has grown into a veritable wildfire of action within the genealogical community at many levels.  She is a writer, lecturer and researcher specializing in U.S. Midwestern, Scandinavian and northern German genealogy.

Jill was president (2012 – 2015), then publications director (2017 – 2020) of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS). She continues to provide her insights and energy to SGS as past president and co-chair of the SGS 100th anniversary committee.

Jill is also program director for the local chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists. On the wider stage of national and international genealogy, Jill lectures nationally and has been successfully published in many journals, including the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the Swedish American Genealogist.

In 2017, Jill founded the highly successful online Certification Discussion Group (CDG) which draws students from all over the globe. She is also a founding partner of the Applied Genealogy Institute, providing online practicum-based education for advanced genealogists.

More about the award

If you want to know more about the qualities needed for this prestigious award, click here. Previous recipients are listed here.

South King County Genealogical Society May and early June Meetings


ELECTIONS – MAY 21
The SKCGS Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the following candidates for election at the May 21 Annual Membership Meeting:

For Vice President: Alexis Scholz – Alexis is currently SKCGS Vice President and has agreed to stand for election. This year, she’s involved with the Five-year Planning project and has done a presentation on wills and probate for the SKCGS General Meeting.
For Secretary: Melanie Hinds – Melanie currently assists SKCGS with calendaring activities and moderating the society’s community forum on Groups.io. She regularly participates in SKCGS general meetings, SIGs and chats via Zoom from her residence in Illinois.

Nominations are still open and will remain so up to the election on May 21. To nominate someone, please contact m.strickland@skcgs.org.



MAY – EARLY JUNE 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • All meetings are virtual except the in-person Research Group
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request


Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Friday, May 6, 2022, 12:30 – 2:30 pm PT
EGS German Interest Group: “Separating Same Name Ancestors with German Parish Records” by Carol Whitton CG® 
Do parish records contain elements to help distinguish same name persons? These may include witnesses, occupations, parents’ names or a combination.
Visitors welcome and can request Zoom link no later than May 4th at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/contact/

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Monday, May 9, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (virtual)
Keeping Track of DNA Matches
On a tree? In your genealogy database? Spreadsheet? Specialty software? Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Monday, May 16, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT

Technical User Group (virtual)
Leveraging Ancestry, FamilySearch and one more site
See: The Power of One Little Detail:

https://skcgs.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-power-of-one-little-detail.html  
The Power of Three: https://skcgs.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-power-of-three.html
TUG is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Friday, May 20, 2022, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Group (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent Family History Center 12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.org

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:30am PT social time; 10:00am – 11:30am PT program
SKCGS Annual General Membership Meeting (virtual)
Election of officers followed by

Julie Miller “Carriers of News and Knowledge – Using the Records of the U.S. Postal Service”
Post Office records are full of genealogical riches. This lecture will discuss Post Office records, their contents, and how to access these underutilized records.


 Julie Miller, holds Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Speaker credentials and is a fellow of the National Genealogical Society. She is a full-time professional researcher, speaker, and writer who lives in Colorado. Her articles have appeared in the NGSQ and NGS Magazine. Julie was the NGS interim Education Manager (2018). She was a member of the NGS conference committee for fourteen years and a volunteer at NARA-Denver for twenty-one years.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE
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Monday, May 23, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
(virtual)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! For meeting invitations and discussion, join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Friday, June 3, 2022, 12:30 – 2:30 pm PT
EGS German Interest Group: 
“Mapping: Genealogy and Data Visualization, how to “see” your research roadblock with new eyes” 
by Annette Adams, a reference consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Learn how to use maps and data visualization to better understand research obstacles and discover new strategies to answer those difficult questions. A case study will demonstrate how different “mapping” types can be employed to solve smaller data problems which are not readily visible. Visitors welcome and can request Zoom link no later than June 1st at:
https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/contact/  

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

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MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at http://skcgs.org/membership.

You are receiving this email because you have attended a SKCGS meeting and indicated you would like to receive periodic notice of events. If you would like to be removed from our list and stop receiving emails from us, send an email to skcgsfriends+unsubscribe@skcgs.org.

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SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 582
AUBURN, WASHINGTON 98071-0582 

South King County Genealogical Society April & Early May Meetings


Last call to speak your mind in the SKCGS Five-Year Planning Survey
The survey is open through this coming Sunday, April 3. We would love to hear from you.

Survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYDFqKnyIfzbULfx_RQ93nsyPMw0qTGrrXV0CEWXTtlFIaYw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Board Nominations and Election
At the May General Membership Meeting, SKCGS will hold its annual election for the positions of Vice President and Secretary. Board members must be SKCGS members in good standing for one year prior to the election and agree to serve a two-year term starting June 1, 2022. Alexis Scholz is currently Vice President and has agreed to stand for election to the position. We want to thank Linda Blais, outgoing Secretary, for keeping us organized and taking meeting minutes the past two years. If you want to learn more about either position or have a nomination, please contact MaryLynn at m.strickland@skcgs.org.  

APRIL – EARLY MAY 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • All meetings are virtual
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request
  • CANCELED – April’s in-person Research Group


Saturday, April 2, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Topic: adding and linking media and how it affects the space used on your computer. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Monday, April 11, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (virtual)
Ancestry.com Thrulines
Let’s explore using Ancestry’s Thrulines strategically while avoiding the pitfalls. This group is for genealogists who use DNA data as part of their research. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 9:30am PT social time; 10:00am – 11:30am PT program
SKCGS General Meeting (virtual)

Kate Eakman presents “Adding Historical Context to your Genealogy Research: A Hands-on Approach”
Adding historical context to our genealogical research makes it richer, more interesting, and helps to explain some of the changes in our families. But if you aren’t a historian how do you know when there is an opportunity for adding history to our research? And how do you find the answers? In this class, we will discuss how history and genealogy are the same things. We will learn how to ask the questions that lead to historical discoveries, and finally, we will discover how to find the answers to our questions.


 Kate Eakman holds an MA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with additional graduate work in history and education. Before embarking on her career as a professional genealogist, Kate spent 20 years as a college history professor. Today she is the British Empire Team Manager and a Senior Genealogist for Salt Lake City-based Legacy Tree Genealogists. Kate lives in Gresham, Oregon. She and her husband have a retired racehorse named Leon and a mustang named Gwen. The four of them provide opportunities for disadvantaged children to experience a very large animal up close and in person.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom
Save the email – it contains your link to join the meeting
Link to register for this meeting: 
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qfu2ppz4iHtMYxNjHR2qTEWxEexYobly2


Monday, April 18, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT

Technical User Group (virtual)
WikiTree

This month we’ll learn about WikiTree. TUG is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Monday, April 25, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
(virtual)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! For meeting invitations and discussion, join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
SKCGS Board Meeting. All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Friday, May 6, 2022, 12:30 – 2:30 pm PT
EGS German Interest Group: “Separating Same Name Ancestors with German Parish Records” by Carol Whitton CG® 
Do parish records contain elements to help distinguish same name persons? These may include witnesses, occupations, parents’ names or a combination.
Visitors welcome and can request Zoom link no later than May 4th at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/contact/  

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.


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MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at http://skcgs.org/membership.

You are receiving this email because you have attended a SKCGS meeting and indicated you would like to receive periodic notice of events. If you would like to be removed from our list and stop receiving emails from us, send an email to skcgsfriends+unsubscribe@skcgs.org.

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SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 582
AUBURN, WASHINGTON 98071-0582 

South King County Genealogical Society Planning for the next Five Years

The Board of Directors of the South King County Genealogical Society (Washington State) invites you to take part in forming our five-year plan as we evaluate the ways we serve you and our communities.  Both members and non-members are welcome to participate.

  • Just click the link included at the end of this email to open and then fill out the survey.
  • If you have problems with the survey, please let us know by sending a note to this email box.
  • This survey is anonymous unless you choose to add your name or contact information at the end of the survey.

Thank you for your participation.

The SKCGS 5-Year Planning Committee
Survey link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYDFqKnyIfzbULfx_RQ93nsyPMw0qTGrrXV0CEWXTtlFIaYw/viewform?usp=sf_link

South King County Genealogical Society MARCH – EARLY APRIL 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS


RootsTech 2022 is here! Enjoy the world’s largest family history conference March 3 – 5, 2022, all virtual and free of charge
Get started athttps://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/home

Would you like to discuss and share your RootsTech discoveries with us? We have a communication forum set up just for that purpose at https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Conferences. To make best use of the group, mention your RootsTech display name so that people can find you and create a connection. To participate, click the Join button, and then remember to click reply and send (add no text) the email probe from Groups.io. If Groups.io asks you to login, you don’t need a password! Just click “send me a link” — and then click that link.

A Special Invite for You Is Just Around the Corner

Spring is not far away and with its arrival, the SKCGS Planning Committee will be emailing the society’s planning survey to both members as well as non-members who attend our sessions. This will be your chance to tell us about your interests and talents and where you would like to see your society go and grow. Watch for more information as spring draws closer …



MARCH – EARLY APRIL 2022 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • All meetings except the Research Group are virtual
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request
  • CANCELED – Family Tree Maker Interest Group March 5, 2022 meeting – no meeting this month so that you may spend time at the RootsTech conference


Monday, March 14, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (virtual)
MyHeritage DNA Tools
MyHeritage provides useful tools to those who have tested or uploaded their DNA to that site, and linked their kit to a tree. How can these tools help your research? This group is for genealogists who use DNA data as part of their research. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Friday, March 18, 2022, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Group (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent Family History Center 12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.org

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 9:30am PT social time; 10:00am – 11:30am PT program
SKCGS General Meeting (virtual)

Alexis Hacker Scholz presents “The Riches of Probate”
Many genealogy researchers are familiar with the concept of wills and identification of heirs when someone dies. But the probate process can produce other records that are equally valuable. While including wills, the focus of this presentation is to shed light on the range of probate records and illustrate how they can enrich your research.


Alexis Hacker Scholz fell in love with genealogy while sitting at the feet of her Great-Aunt Bess, guardian and storyteller of her maternal family lore. Raised in a military family, Alexis has lived throughout the United States as well as in Turkey. Her career in information has included newspapers, magazines, technical writing, and the internet. When not researching or writing, you can find her in the garden, the kitchen, or project room, and always with a book and her animals at hand. She currently serves as vice president for the South King County Genealogical Society.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom
Save the email – it contains your link to join the meeting
Link to register:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkd-qprzIiE93I2y9rODWrrtIHy7vw9f6g

Monday, March 21, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT

Technical User Group (virtual)
Charting with LucidChart for Genealogy

Carol Friedel will demonstrate LucidChart. TUG is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites. Join for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Monday, March 28, 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
(virtual)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! For meeting invitations and discussion, join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Friday, April 1, 2022, 12:30pm – 2:30 pm PT
EGS German Interest Group: “Useful Tools for those with German Ancestors” by Dana Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM)
You don’t have to be a German expert to read your German ancestors’ records. This presentation shows online resources that can help you be successful and most of them are free to use. Visitors welcome and can request Zoom link no later than March 30th at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/contact/

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (virtual)
SKCGS Board Meeting. All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.



MEMBERSHIP
:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at http://skcgs.org/membership.

You are receiving this email because you have attended a SKCGS meeting and indicated you would like to receive periodic notice of events. If you would like to be removed from our list and stop receiving emails from us, send an email to skcgsfriends+unsubscribe@skcgs.org.

Like – Facebook :: Subscribe – Blog :: Follow – Twitter :: Website – SKCGS.org :: Member support – info@skcgs.org

SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 582
AUBURN, WASHINGTON 98071-0582