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Friday, April 12
Historical Photo Detective Roadshow  (Special events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
The Surrey (British Columbia) Libraries Family History Department is sponsoring the "Historical Photo Detective Roadshow" with Maureen Taylor. Old photos are full of clues if you know how to read the evidence.  Join The Photo Detective Maureen Taylor and learn how to date and place old family photos.  An entertaining, informative, and popular program! (This program had to be rescheduled from its original February date due to unforeseen circumstance. It is still open for registrations.)  Free.  Registration required – familyhistory@surrey.ca or call 604-598-7328 to register.
 
We will be using Microsoft Teams (much like Zoom) for this online program.  Registered participants will receive a confirmation upon registration, and then the online link a day or two before the program.
 


Saturday, April 13
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Spring Seminar  (Conferences & Seminars)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
YVGS Library, 1901 S. 12th Ave., Union Gap, WA
The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society is sponsoring its Spring Seminar on April 13, 2024. The featured speaker will be 
nationally recognized speaker Christine Cohen from California, on a variety of genealogical topics.  She is focusing her presentation on “A Full Day Dedicated to Finding Your Ancestors.”
  • Immigration Ports of Entry
  • Naturalization and Citizenship Records
  • Grand Army of the Republic – Researching your Union Civil War Veterans
  • Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking
 
Lunch and snacks are included. The day of the seminar, the Y.V.G.S. Library will be closed. The registration form is online at www.yvgs.net Click on Society News.  
 
Advanced Registration before April 7th is $40.00. Onsite April 13th registration 8:30am to 9:00am. - $45.00. No refunds of registration fee after April 7th.


Saturday, April 13
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society  (Local society meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Avenue, Burlington, WA
The program at the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society's meeting will be "Digitizing to Preserve Your Family History" with canadian genealogist Margaret Sharon. The public is invited to this in person (Burlington Library) event or via Zoom. For more information, email genealogy0715@gmail.com.


Sunday, April 14
Scandinavian Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society's Scandinavian Interest Group, will discuss "Indexed vs. Non-indexed Searches for Norway and Sweden." Hosted by Karen Knudson and Kathi M. For more information, visit the SGS website.


Monday, April 15
Brags & Bricks  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is hosting its Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual). Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.   Contact education@seagensoc.org for more information.


Tuesday, April 16
Genealogy Chat  (Special Interest Group)
7:00 pm
Virtual
The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society is holding a Genealogy Chat. This month's conversation starter topic is: What Special Interest Group (SIG) would you like to see our society offer? We currently have a Book Club, DNA, Legacy Family Tree, and this Genealogy Chat. Ideas recently mentioned are Family History Writing and Mayflower Ancestors groups. What genealogy topics are you the most interested in?

This is a monthly opportunity to connect with others and talk about anything and everything genealogical. The value of this meeting increases with the participation of each person that attends and contributes to the conversations. This is your chance to celebrate the breaking down of a brick wall in your research or ask questions of others that can help you find records or relatives. Everyone, members, and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.

For more information, click here.



Wednesday, April 17
DNA For Beginners  (Trainings)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring a 3-part DNA class with Karin Borgerson. Want to get into using DNA in your tree but don’t know where to start? SGS is offering a three-part class over three weeks to give you the knowledge you need to get going.

Week 3 (April 17, 2024):
Deeper dive on mitochondrial and Y-DNA
Resources for continuing your learning

Classes are April 3, 10, and 17. Each 90-minute sessions will be conducted via Zoom. The cost is $80 (SGS members $65). Max enrollment is set to 20, so sign up soon. Click here for registration information.


Thursday, April 18
How to Write a Family Portrait  (Conferences & Seminars)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Eastside Genealogical Society is sponsoring an hour-long, free generative writing workshop, essayist Kristen Millares Young will use guided prompts and discussions to help you plan, write, and revise your family stories. For more information and to register.    


Friday, April 19
Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society  (Local society meetings)
10:00 am
Hybrid
The program at the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) meeting will be "Pledging Allegiance -- the Paper Trail to Naturalization Records" with Evelyn Roehl. Evelyn will provide historical information on naturalization and citizenship including the many changes through the years. She’ll discuss the different court systems involved in the two steps of the naturalization process and give us research tips and techniques to get through the maze and find your ancestors’ information.
 
Everyone welcome! No membership necessary, but registration is required. Register now at www.bigenealogy.org


Friday, April 19
Seattle Public Library Tour  (Special events)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle
The Seattle Genealogical Society has a long history of collaboration with the Seattle Public Library (SPL). Join us for a guided tour of SPL’s genealogical resources. LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE. Reserve your spot today.


Saturday, April 20
Irish SIG  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring its Irish Special Interest Group with Susan McKee. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 


Saturday, April 20
German SIG  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring its German Special Interest Group. The meeting's speaker is Merv Weiss who will be exploring the topic of learning about his German-ness with his talk, "Growing Up German Without Realizing It." See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 


Saturday, April 20
Italian Genealogy  (Special Interest Group)
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Virtual
The Italian SIG of the Eastside Genealogical Society will present "FamilySearch.org -- Full Text Search. FamilySearch has introduced a new full-text search feature for historical records. This powerful tool leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to help you uncover valuable information in historical documents. This innovative search capability allows you to explore historical records more comprehensively, making your genealogical research even more exciting! AI Searches every word of text including unindexed documents.
 
The zoom link for this virtual program can be requested at https://egs-iig.com


Saturday, April 20
Genealogical Book Club  (Special Interest Group)
4:00 pm
Virtual
The  book club at the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society will be discussing the fictional genealogical book, "Home to Beulah" by Claudia Breland. For more information or the Zoom link, visit https://tpcgs.org/eventListings.php?nm=43.


Monday, April 22
Brags & Bricks  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is hosting its Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual). Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.   Contact education@seagensoc.org for more information.


Tuesday, April 23
Tech Tuesday  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society's Tech Tuesday is an informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy, sofware or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. For more information, visit the SGS website.


Thursday, April 25
Family Tree Maker Tour  (Special events)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is hosting a Family Tree Maker (FTM) special event. Family Tree Maker Ambassador, Mark Olsen, will be at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle to demonstrate the new features of FTM 2024. 


Family Tree Maker Tour  (Special events)
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is hosting a Family Tree Maker (FTM) special event. Family Tree Maker Ambassador, Mark Olsen, will be at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle to demonstrate the new features of FTM 2024. 


Saturday, April 27
Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar  (Conferences & Seminars)
8:30 am to 3:15 pm
Virtual
The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society is hosting their Spring Seminar on 27 April 2024. The speakers will be Cyndi Ingle and Cari Taplin.  

Cyndi's Topics:

  • Smarter Searching: Refining Search Parameters for Genealogists
  • Off the Shelf: The Unexplored Potential for eBooks in Genealogy

Cari's Topics:

  • Using Timelines to Analyze Your Research 
  • The Heart of it All: A New Hampshire to Ohio Migration Case Study

 Special Early-Bird Registration through February 28th! Members & Non-Members: $25.00

 After February 28th: Members: $30.00; Non-Members: $35.00

 Mail-in registration must be postmarked by April 20, 2024. Online Registration closes on April 25, 2024.

 Register Online or download the brochure: 2024 TPCGS Seminar  More information available on our seminar page: https://www.tpcgs.org/cpage.php?pt=3



Saturday, April 27
Whitman County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar  (Conferences & Seminars)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bishop Place Independent Living Society Room, 811 SE Klemgard, Pullman, WA
The Whitman County Genealogical Society is hosting a FREE Spring mini-seminar on Saturday, April 27. The topics are "Whitman Heritage Digital Collection" with Kathy Buchholtz and Alex Otero and "Okay, I Have My DNA Results: Now What?" with Jill Nock. Please register by April 10. Send your name to whitmancgs@gmail.com. For more information, visit the WCGS website.


Monday, April 29
Brags & Bricks  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is hosting its Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual). Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.   Contact education@seagensoc.org for more information.



Wednesday, May 1
Pacific Northwest Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Pacific Northwest Interest Group. Topics this month: 1. Short history of Oregon Territory, 2. Oregon and Washington State Archives, 3. Oregon and Washington State Libraries. 

Register on the SGS website.



Friday, May 3
German Special Interest Group  (Special Interest Group)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Virtual
The program at the Eastside Genealogical Society's German Interest Group will be "National Socialism - Euthanasia and Family Research" with Inga Guttzeit. During the Nazi era, people were transferred from hospitals and homes for the disabled to various institutions in the German Reich and in the annexed territories and murdered there. This took place in 2 phases. Based on the speaker's own relative, it is possible to follow his path in today's Poland and the Pomeranian institutions until he was murdered in Meseritz (today Mińôdzyrzecz) in Brandenburg. There will be an overview of the history surrounding the forced sterilization of mentally ill and disabled people and their murder ("euthanasia"). For more information, visit: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/.


Saturday, May 4
DNA Workshop  (Special Interest Group)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society will hold its DNA Workshop with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. To participate, you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary Bright at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.


Monday, May 6
Brags & Bricks  (Special Interest Group)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Virtual
The Seattle Genealogical Society is hosting its Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual). Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.   Contact education@seagensoc.org for more information.


Thursday, May 9
Eastside Genealogical Society  (Local society meetings)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Virtual
The program at the Eastside Genealogical Society meeting will be "What's in a Name: Clues to Ethnicity and Spelling Variations" with Judy Nimer Muhn. Judy utilizes her own genealogy research to explain various degrees of surname variations, how to include these in your family history work, and how to detect the signals that there may be a name change in your ancestors' past. 
 
Everyone is welcome, and we hope you will join us! For more information about EGS, visit our website at eastsidegenealogicalsociety.org


Saturday, May 11
Clallam County Genealogical Society  (Local society meetings)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Hybrid
The program at the Clallam County Genealogical Society meeting is "The Musical Chicago, and all that Genealogical Jazz" with Mike Karsen. The Broadway musical and Hollywood movie CHICAGO was based on the stories of two real-life women by the name of Belva and Beulah. Just as in the show and movie, these women killed their lovers. By collecting standard genealogical documents Mike Karsen pieces together their lives, and puts their tales into context relating to Chicago history.

All are invited to hear his presentation via Zoom or by coming to the CCGS Research Center located at 403 E. 8th Street in Port Angeles, WA. To join us with Zoom, contact the Society to obtain the Zoom Meeting number and passcode. Our phone number is 360-417-5000. Our web address is askus@clallamcogs.org. The Research Center is open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm and on Saturdays noon to 4pm.

There is no cost to attending his wonderful presentation.



Saturday, May 11
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society  (Local society meetings)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Hybrid
The program at the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society's meeting will be "DNA: Demystified" with Dick Tolman, SVGS member. The public is invited to this in person (Burlington Library) event or via Zoom. For more information, email genealogy0715@gmail.com.


Thursday, May 16
NGS Virtual Family History Conference  (Conferences & Seminars)
Virtual

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is hosting our FOCUS pre-conference event for genealogy organizations virtually in 2024, and we welcome your organization’s leaders, volunteers, staff, and members to attend on 16 May.

FOCUS offers learning opportunities that foster collaboration and share successes among societies, libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions. Its goal is to strengthen our genealogy and family history community as we work to support everyone in search of their ancestors’ stories.

This year’s theme is outreach and engagement. FOCUS sessions will offer practical tips and ideas to help your organization reach new people, activate volunteers, and highlight family history as a part of the America250 celebration in 2026. Watch presentations and participate in live Q&A on 16 May, then see sessions you missed at your convenience over a few months. Registrants will have access to FOCUS recordings until 15 August.




Friday, June 7
Online Research for Ancestors in Poland, Prussia and Pommern  (Special events)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual
The Surrey (British Columbia) Libraries Family History Department is sponsoring "Online Research for Ancestors in Poland, Prussia and Pommern" with Sigrid Pohl Perry, PhD. The ability to search for birth, marriage and death records in regions now in Poland, Prussia, and Pommern has enabled research most of us never thought possible. However, to many, these resources are a perplexing maze of random searches.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of the large, free Szukajwarchiwach database.  This powerful database offers data from the Program for the Registration of Records from Parish and Civil Registration Offices (PRADZIAD), which collects information on genealogical materials kept in the state archives. Scans of archive materials from other cultural institutions are also included. These records encompass many Polish, German and Jewish residents.  A handout with links, basic word list, and suggestions of additional resources will be provided as a pdf.  Free.  Registration required – familyhistory@surrey.ca or call 604-598-7328 to register.
 
Our presenter, Sigrid Pohl Perry, Ph.D., worked with archives and special collections at Northwestern University Library for 40 years until retiring in 2020. A member of the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE) since 2003, Sigrid has served on the Board of Directors; been actively involved in Lublin Project indexing; and given various presentations at SGGEE Conventions, the International German Genealogy Partnership, and a local Illinois Family History Center. 
 
We will be using Microsoft Teams (much like Zoom) for this online program.  Registered participants will receive a confirmation upon registration, and then the online link a day or two before the program.
 



Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research  (Conferences & Seminars)
Virtual
The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) is an annual week-long educational institute for genealogists of all backgrounds and skill levels, from beginning to advanced. Hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS), attendees and faculty join us from across the country and around the globe. IGHR enrolls between 300 and 400 attendees each summer and reaches over five thousand social media followers throughout the year. For more information, visit https://ighr.gagensociety.org/.



Wednesday, February 26, 2025 through Saturday, March 1, 2025
RootsTech 2025  (Conferences & Seminars)
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Attend the largest global genealogy conference to learn more about your family history, interact with new technology or share your innovative ideas with the world. For more information, visit the Rootstech website.