Friday, August 16, 2019

Vanity, Thy Name Is Woman

If you don't burst out laughing at seeing this old magazine ad, you're missing a big part of your funny bone:

Don't be too smug. But in your family photo collection you have ones of ladies with marcelled hair like this one shown. My mother-in-law, born in 1913, in her 20s had her hair done like this!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Whitman County Genealogical Society Free Mini Seminar

Whitman County Genealogical Society
is hosting a FREE Fall mini-seminar
Bishop Place Independent Living Social Room, 811 SE Klemgard, Pullman, WA
Saturday, September 14, 2019

featuring: DAN OWENS
Using the Public Library for
 Genealogy and Local History”
 "Archival Power: Demonstrating the Importance of Primary Sources to Stakeholders and the Public"

9:00 am: The doors open.

9:30 am-10:30 am: Dan Owens will discuss the resources in the Palouse Heritage Collection at Neill Public Library in Pullman as well as working with public libraries, in general, when doing genealogical research or learning more about local history. This can be applied to researching in any area, not just our own local area. In addition he will cover the ins and outs of interlibrary loan.

10:30 am-10:45 am: Break and refreshments.

10:45 am-11:45 am: Dulce Kersting-Lark will discuss how working with original source materials is a privilege, but it is also a complex challenge. The nature of archives makes them both authoritative and flawed. Creating a community repository in a border town is just one of many challenges that we must make our users aware of from the get-go. How we promote the value of primary source material to the broader public is another. She will also speak to the interesting and rewarding work she does at Latah County Historical Society, as well as share information about the History Relevance Campaign.

If you have any questions or need more information contact WCGS President, Sue Kreikemeier at:  or 509-635-1303. Please RSVP to Sue or
by September 7 to accommodate handouts & refreshments.

While the seminar is free, donations are welcome at the door.
Directions: Turn off Bishop Boulevard onto Klemgard Ave., follow Klemgard Ave. up the hill and turn left at the top. Do not go into the front entrance, but turn right, continuing up the hill and turn left at the white car ports. Find an appropriate parking place, enter the building through the main doors and go straight ahead to the Social Room.

Birds' Eye Maps?

Perhaps your first thought upon reading that post title was that it was going to be something about birds making maps? Nope.

Wikipedia explains: bird's-eye view is an elevated view of an object from above, with a perspective as though the observer were a bird, often used in the making of blueprints, floor plans, and maps. It can be an aerial photograph, but also a drawing.

Wikipedia didn't say when these specialty maps began but posted one for Paris in 1850. 

If you'd enjoy seeing a birds' eye map of Spokane, there is one hanging on the wall outside the Northwest Room in the downtown Spokane library. (Hurry; library closes in Jan for two years.)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Obituaries: Always Take Two

Nowadays this doesn't happen quite as much, but only a few years ago the newspaper would publish two different death notices for a person. If you read carefully, it's easy to see that each one contains more/different information. And one has a photo while the "twin" does not! And one for each lady does not carry the date of death! 

Point of this post is this: Do look for a second "obituary" or death notice (or perhaps more than two even) when dealing with newspapers. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Beer labels?

When I was blessed to visit Iceland, we went to the National Museum of Iceland in the capitol city, Reykjavik. Of course I had to peek into the archives. One set of shelves with big binders really caught my eye:

All of those binders were full of sheet protectors covering BEER LABELS! Icelandic beer, I guess. Didn't look at all of them. Isn't that the most unusual thing to find in an archives??

Friday, August 2, 2019

Opportunity: DNA classes here in Spokane

Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy
This will be a six-week course to help you understand how to break down and apply your DNA matches.
We will be covering what DNA tests are available; the advantages and disadvantages of the major testing companies; and how to choose the right test for your genealogy questions. This course will also help you interpret your DNA test results.
Participants will be responsible for obtaining Blaine T. Bettinger, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. ISBN-13: 978-1-4403-4532-6.
Limited space availalbe, please contact Lynda Keenan at
The class will be held at the Shadle Public Library
Date and time:
Monday, Sept 16 12:30pm-2pm
Monday, Sept 23 12:30pm-2pm
Monday, Sept 30 12:30pm-2pm
Monday, Oct 7 12:30pm-2pm
Monday, Oct 21 12:30pm-2pm
Monday, Oct 28 12:30pm-2pm 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

DNA Seminar In Colville....Are You Going?

Several EWGS members are already signed up to go; how about you? There will be carpools. Click to their website to see this flyer full size, to print it out and send it in. (They don't have Paypal.)