Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society
August Membership Meeting
What Research Treasures are at the Central Regional Branch Archives?
On August 9, WAGS will present a hybrid meeting with special guest Brigid Clift, Regional Branch Archivist at the State Archives in Ellensburg. She will share her screen and show us what’s been going on at her archives and digital archives. They have a project going with Ancestry.com that we’ll need to know about, and we’ll find out more about their volunteer-from-home program.
This will be a hybrid meeting: Those who are comfortable being in-person can join us at the Douglas PUD Auditorium (1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee); or you can continue to Zoom–you can be present either way!
Monday afternoon, August 9, 2021 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83061998852?pwd=WnJMNjlwa2pzR0NxT1NOQ1Vsd291dz09 Meeting ID: 830 6199 8852 Pass code: WAGSAugust
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) will hold its June meeting via Zoom on Monday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m. Email WAGSLibrarian@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.
Our speaker is Julie Miller of JPM Genealogy Research in Broomfield, Colorado. She will give us “An Ounce of Prevention: Making a Genealogy Disaster Plan.” After seeing what happened in Texas last winter, and knowing our own ongoing wildfire threat, we decided to have a program focusing on planning for the worst. Our documents, photographs and databases can be lost in an instant in the event of a disaster. This lecture will show how to plan before the crisis occurs, so that loss is minimized and your genealogy legacy is preserved for future generations.
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society will have its May meeting via Zoom on Monday, May 10, at 2:00 p.m. (To receive Zoom information, contact WAGSLibrarian@gmail.com.)
Our program is “A Visit with Gorham Printing.” Gorham is a short-run (25 to 2000 copies) printer located in Centralia, Washington, serving self-publishing authors, historians, educators and families. They give personalized customer service for a “Made in USA” product! Find out more about their operation, and how they could help bring your writing project to life.
The Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society’s April meeting will take place on Zoom on Monday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. New England genealogist Kathleen Kaldis will present Sense of Place: Local Landmarks and Genealogy. This will be a fun and light lecture on using current local landmarks to discover clues and context about your ancestors’ FAN clubs. It gets exciting when you can connect names in different states–Kathleen will show us how it played out with her ancestors.
Register at WAGSLibrarian@gmail.com, and you will soon receive the Zoom information. The Zoom info will also appear on our website: www.wags-web.org.
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) will hold its March membership meeting via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8. First, we’ll give you a sneak peek at the new WAGS website. It’s not ready for full operation, but we’re excited to show you the new look and some of the features. After a short business meeting, we will have time to just chat and find out how everyone’s research is going–how many took advantage of the virtual RootsTech Connect? The Zoom link is on the member section of our website (www.wags-web.org), or email WAGSLibrarian@gmail.com if you are not a WAGS member. Looking forward to seeing many of you on March 8!
Rest in peace, Fred Pflugrath
The genealogy community throughout the state will be saddened to know that Fred Pflugrath passed away peacefully on the evening of Thursday, December 17.
Fred joined the Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society in 1995. He edited our Appleland Bulletin for many years, and was one of our senior researchers. In the spring, before the snakes came out, he could be found walking old cemeteries throughout North Central Washington, and WAGS members always looked forward to his cemetery tours. He was a human encyclopedia of local history (especially the Upper Wenatchee Valley), and fulfilled numerous speaking engagements at area museums and retirement homes.
Perhaps his best-remembered contribution will be his Civil War research. He single-handedly identified, researched, and documented information on almost 2,500 Civil War veterans from all over Eastern Washington. Much of this research is available in 35 binders in the WAGS Library with an index available online. Additionally, he took the extra step of submitting this information to the National Grave Registration Project (part of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War). Fred considered it part of his mission to connect families with their Civil War ancestors, arranging for headstones and markers, and orchestrating dedication and memorial ceremonies.
Some say his heart was even bigger than he was! He always willingly shared data, resources and expertise with anyone wanting information, whether inside or outside Chelan and Douglas counties.
In 2015, Fred was the first recipient of the Washington State Genealogical Society’s President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, a recognition designed to single out that rare individual who has demonstrated exemplary service above and beyond expectations. Those who were blessed to have known Fred will agree that he good-naturedly and self-deprecatingly fit this description to a T, and we will miss seeing him hard at work at his computer over in the corner.