Top 25 WSGS Blog Posts for 2022

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2. /blog/2022/07/19/washington-state-non-profit-handbook/
Glad to see this is one of the top posts of 2022, so every non profit can have their own handbook.
3. /blog/2022/10/31/wsgs-announces-pioneer-pursuit-contest/
Lets hope this generates a huge database that can help future genealogists.
4. /blog/2021/11/24/2022-clallam-county-genealogical-society-events/
5. /blog/2015/06/04/university-of-washington-genealogy-class/
This post from 2015 is always near the top even though it was posted 7 years ago.
6. /blog/2022/07/26/lets-talk-about-words/
7. /blog/2022/06/22/heritage-quest-research-library-getting-started/
Guess there are a lot of beginners out there yet.
8. /blog/2022/11/01/gift-idea-washington-pioneer-certificate-3/
Great birthday gift.
9. /blog/2022/08/03/seattle-genealogical-society-tip-of-the-week-finding-your-family-in-newspapers/
Tips of the Week are always popular.
10. /blog/2022/06/29/myheritage-theory-of-family-relativity-2/
11. /blog/2022/06/28/lets-talk-about-railroads-part-1/
12. /blog/2022/08/09/lets-talk-about-websites-for-social-history/
I guess people like to socialize as well as research
13. /blog/2022/06/01/2022-outstanding-volunteers-and-team-announced/
Wonderful group of volunteers announced
14. /blog/category/2022-seminars-conferences/
Not really a blog post , but the category of 2022 Seminars & Conferences
15. /blog/subscription-form-2/
16. /blog/2022/09/20/lets-talk-about-funnies/
17. /blog/2022/10/26/somethings-coming/
See #3 above
18. /blog/2022/10/21/clallam-county-genealogical-society-finding-descendants-in-your-family-tree/
19. /blog/2022/08/20/lets-talk-about-heritage-from-the-heartland/
This is a blog post talking about a series of short seminars on research in the Mid West for EWGS
20. /blog/2022/07/25/heritage-quest-research-library-autumn-quest-9/
21. /blog/2022/09/24/heritage-quest-research-library-open-house-party/
22. /blog/2022/10/21/lets-talk-about-ancestor-arrivals-in-the-colonies/
This was actually on New England Colonies
23. /blog/2022/11/08/ngs-2023-conference-richmond-virginia/
NGS 2023 Conference
24. /blog/2022/09/19/seattle-genealogy-society-tip-of-the-week-resources-for-help/
Tips of the Week are always popular.
25./blog/2022/11/11/lets-talk-about-history-of-ancestry/
Nice background on Ancestry

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Merry Christmas from WSGS

This penny postcard was from Allie Hansen (Alice Hansen, wife of Peter Hansen) to Anna Hansen, wife of Anton Hansen, brother of Peter Hansen. It was postmarked in 1918 and required a 2-cent stamp to help pay for WWI. I guess that is a gold poinsettia stuck on the back.

Merry Christmas from Kathy, Valorie, Roxanne, Frank, Charles, Virginia and Diane

Washington, the Beautiful — Share Your Photos

We want to showcase your scenic photos on the Blog

Photo contributed by Donna Potter Phillips, Spokane, WA

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you — and Donna Potter Phillips of Spokane (& weekly contributor to the Blog). We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner.

Guidelines for the photos are few:
•Landscapes, landmarks, and scenery photos are preferred. If, however, you have a perfect photo that includes people, please obtain their permission to post the photo.
•Photo must have been taken in Washington State (this is the Washington State Genealogical Society blog, after all!).
•Photo will be cropped to 1100 x 250 pixels, so keep that in mind. If in doubt, send it to us & we’ll figure it out.
•You may submit as many photos as you want.
•Final decisions on suitable photos will be made by the awesome WSGS Blog Team.
•There’s no prize if your photo is chosen – just the satisfaction that your photo is being showcased on a blog viewed by hundreds of enthusiastic genealogists.
•There’s no firm deadline to submit photos, just keep ‘em coming. We want to rotate lots of photos to keep the blog fresh.

To submit your photo, please email the image (jpg only, please); what, where, when, and by whom the photo was taken to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Got questions? Email the blog team at WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.Posted in WSGS Programs

New Banner Photos Wanted

Photo by Donna Potter Phillips, Spokane, WA

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you — and Donna Potter Phillips of Spokane (& weekly contributor to the Blog). We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner.

Guidelines for the photos are few:
•Landscapes, landmarks, and scenery photos are preferred. If, however, you have a perfect photo that includes people, please obtain their permission to post the photo.
•Photo must have been taken in Washington State (this is the Washington State Genealogical Society blog, after all!).
•Photo will be cropped to 1100 x 250 pixels, so keep that in mind. If in doubt, send it to us & we’ll figure it out.
•You may submit as many photos as you want.
•Final decisions on suitable photos will be made by the awesome WSGS Blog Team.
•There’s no prize if your photo is chosen – just the satisfaction that your photo is being showcased on a blog viewed by hundreds of enthusiastic genealogists.
•There’s no firm deadline to submit photos, just keep ‘em coming. We want to rotate lots of photos to keep the blog fresh.

To submit your photo, please email the image (jpg only, please); what, where, when, and by whom the photo was taken to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Got questions? Email the blog team at WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Blog Banner: Visit Grays Harbor County

Are you proud of the landmarks and landscapes in your area? We want to highlight different areas of our beautiful state on our Blog banner.

Elaine Anderson of Hoquiam and a member of the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society sure is proud of her area. An amateur, but talented, photographer, Elaine submitted six photos she snapped in Grays Harbor County. Her photos include:

  • Boat shop and Beacon Hill from a strategic point in Hoquiam
  • Washaway Beach (North Cove near Grayland) looking South
  • A barn in the Quinault Valley
  • The surf at Point Brown, Ocean Shores
  • A drive through the scenic Quinault Rain Forest
  • Overlooking the Wynoochee Valley

Let us highlight your scenic photos of your city or county on the WSGS Blog. It’s easy — just submit 4 – 6 photos of your city or county (horizontal photos are best).

Guidelines for the photos are few:
•Landscapes, landmarks, and scenery photos are preferred.
•Photo will be cropped to 1100 x 250 pixels, so keep that in mind. If in doubt, send it to us & we’ll figure it out.
•Final decisions on suitable photos will be made by the WSGS Blog Team.

To submit your photos, please email the images (jpg only, please); what, where, when, and by whom the photos were taken to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Got questions? Email the blog team at WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Let’s Talk About: Chief Dan George

“If you talk to the animals, they will talk to you. And you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them. And what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.”

Born Geswanouth Slahoot, known as Dan Slahoot, on 24 July 1899 in North Vancouver (Canada), the boy’s name was changed at age 5 when he entered a residential school. Dan George was well known for his poetic writing style and in 1974, George wrote My Hearts Soars followed by My Spirit Soars in 1983 (both available today as The Best of Chief Dan George). He was also an actor, appearing in several movies. Dan George was the band chief for a dozen years of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, whose Indian reserve is located on Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver. He died 23 September 1981.

Canadian actor Donald Sutherland narrated the following quote from his poem My Heart Soars in the opening ceremonies o the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver:

The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass,

speaks to me.

And my heart soars.

Why do I share this with you today??? We often hear quotes from Chief Seattle but other Pacific Northwest chiefs shared words of profound wisdom to teach us yet today.

1950 Census……….. Will You Help Indexing?

Surely you know that the 1950 census will be released to us eager genealogists on April 1st. But if I understand correctly, the U.S. Census Bureau will then release just the IMAGES and it’s up to “we the people” to do the indexing so we can use this new resource. FamilySearch.org seems to be spearheading the indexing project (like they did for the 1940 census, remember?) and to that end they are inviting both individuals and groups/organizations to participate. Why not help with this “pay it forward” project? Click to www.familysearch.org/1950census to read how YOU can help.

I think perhaps we can work on indexing the place where our ancestor lived (or heck, where I lived, age 7 in Kalamazoo, Michigan!!!) or work on a state as a group………… why shouldn’t we Washingtonians “do” our state??? By genealogy society groups perhaps? I have already registered my group, the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society. We be ready to help!

Blog Banner Photos Wanted

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you. We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner.

Guidelines for the photos are few:
•Landscapes, landmarks, and scenery photos are preferred. If, however, you have a perfect photo that includes people, please obtain their permission to post the photo.
•Photo must have been taken in Washington State (this is the Washington State Genealogical Society blog, after all!).
•Photo will be cropped to 1100 x 250 pixels, so keep that in mind. If in doubt, send it to us & we’ll figure it out.
•You may submit as many photos as you want.
•Final decisions on suitable photos will be made by the awesome WSGS Blog Team.
•There’s no prize if your photo is chosen – just the satisfaction that your photo is being showcased on a blog viewed by hundreds of enthusiastic genealogists.
•There’s no firm deadline to submit photos, just keep ‘em coming. We want to rotate lots of photos to keep the blog fresh.

To submit your photo, please email the image (jpg only, please); what, where, when, and by whom the photo was taken to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Got questions? Email the blog team at WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.