Saturday, April 29, 2017

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society May Meeting

They Wore Union Blue
Saturday, May 6
They Wore Union Blue  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Gordon Struve from Sons of Veterans of the Civil War
Gordy was initiated as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) in December 2015. Through has genealogy research since retirement, he has obtained documented proof of his ancestral connection to six Civil War Union veterans; three of which are direct line and three are collateral. He is a Charter Life Member of the Fort Walla Walla Camp No. 3 SUVCW organization headquartered in Kennewick, Washington.

This presentation will start with a brief historical review of the Civil War era and the anti-slavery issue that preceded the war. A chronology will take us to the formation of the Grand Army of the Republic which followed the war and then on to the creation of the SUVCW.

A description of the modern day SUVCW organization will be presented including its mission to preserve the memory of soldiers who fought in the war and to support education of our school-aged children about elements of the war.

The formal presentation will move on to linking with the SUVCW home page and database websites.
Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Library Construction Update

Stopped by the library today to take some pictures of the construction detours.
Looking north on Lincoln they have closed the crosswalk in front of the library across Main. You need to cross Lincoln first then Main and Lincoln again.

Cars heading north on Lincoln by the library, There is two lanes from Spokane Falls Boulevard to Main.
Looking South on Lincoln, notice right lane right only heading to Monroe, left lane either right to Monroe or left on Main.
Here is the new driveway on the right side of Lincoln that goes to the library parking lot.
This is from the second floor of the library showing the ramps to the parking garage and the lanes leading to Lincoln.
Here is a car leaving the garage and waiting for a hole in the  traffic to exit onto Lincoln.
They have closed the sidewalk heading north along Lincoln past the library book drop, so you can not walk to the garage ramps now. They have also removed all the parking along Lincoln so the traffic can move  efficiently.
This is the sidewalk along Main heading towards Monroe, it is closed just past the bike racks. The sidewalk on the south side of Main is still open, but a miserable way to get to it, across Lincoln to the east, south across Main then west across Lincoln again.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

What You Missed April 1, 2017 DNA Seminar

The day started out interesting as the Video hookup for the Country Holmes Christian Church would not hook up to the computer of the speaker Mary Kathryn Kozy without an adapter and no one had one on them so the new projector that EWGS had just purchased was hooked up and worked perfectly. It was supposed to be demonstrated at the board meeting today, but everyone got to see it work.

 Hooking up our new EWGS projector

EWGS President Pat Bayonne-Johnson started the meeting a 9 am.

After introducing guests and the treasurers report Mary Kathryn Kozy presented her first session on DNA Fundamental and mitochondrial testing. A short break to try to eat up some of the cookies, brownies and other sweets and then on to second session. This one was on Y-DNA testing and its applications to Genealogy and a little on X-DNA. Both of these sessions were very informative and a lot of questions asked and answered so I hope everyone understands DNA now.
Next was lunch and sampling all the goodies brought in by EWGS members. Same problem as always way too much food and not enough people to eat it all up.
Mary Kathryn Kozy answering questions while she ate lunch.

Next the drawing for the door prize and raffle prizes and they did not even get close to my numbers.
The last two sessions started early in order to get done early so we could get home to watch the Gonzaga and South Carolina basketball game. ( The Zags won and will play for the championship on Monday)
First session was Can you Help Me Find My Cousins? Understanding Autosomal DNA. This one has changed the scientific thought on how DNA was passed from generation to generation. The last session was Using your Results, Gedmatch and other Third Party Tools. Not sure an hour to go over these tools could even scratch the surface of this subject, and then new tools are coming online also.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tri City Genealogical Society April Meeting

The Tri-City Genealogical Society would like to announce our upcoming April 12th meeting which will feature the Sons of the American Revolution Flags, Uniforms, Weapons and researching S.A.R. records.  Thank you for your continued support.

Art Kelly
TCGS Program Chair

Monday, March 6, 2017

What You Missed March 4, 2017 EWGS Meeting

March is Women's History Month and so our topic was Finding Women Ancestors by Kim E. Morgan.
Kim is an author and here she is holding her book.
She started out with three people from the audience playing  To Tell The Truth, where each lady said she was Nancy Jane Justice, and each had references to prove that she was the real Nancy Jane Justice. And after several questions and even having her husband trying to tell the correct Nancy Jane Justice proof came from the probate of her father, and it turned out all three ladies were Nancy Jane Justice even though the sources seemed to make a case that there was three different ladies.

Andrew Chanse the Library director also came to inform us about the upcoming Library Levi that will be on the April 25th ballot extending the Library Levi for seven years this time at the same rate as it has been for three years. He told that it has helped keep the East Central, Hillyard and Indian Trail libraries open 8 hours a day 5 days a week, and that if the levi fails the library board might have to cut the hours at these three branches or even close a branch. So if you are a city resident please support the library levi.
Andrew Chanse and EWGS President Pat Bayonne-Johnson

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

TPCGS Spring Seminar 2017
April 28 & 29, 2017

Speaker:  Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL – also known as The Legal Genealogist
Emcee: Cyndi Ingle

Saturday Topics: No Vitals? No Problem! — Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
“Don’t Forget the Ladies” — A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing

Friday Evening Topic: Blackguards and Black Sheep – The Lighter Side of the Law

Location: La Quinta Inns and Suites, 1425 East 27th Street, Tacoma, Washington
A limited number of rooms will be available at a special rate for seminar attendees.
Additional Information available on the TPCGS website at:

Raffle Tickets – Door Prizes – Vendors – Book Sale

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Northeast Washington Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

Saturday, September 16th the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society will be holding their 29th annual Fall Seminar at the “Ambulance Shack” located at the North Roundabout in Colville.

The featured presenter will be William Dollarhide; renowned genealogy lecturer and author. He has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971 and involved professionally with genealogy since 1980. He has written over 120 published magazine articles relating to genealogical research; has developed several software systems for genealogy; and he is the author of over 30 books, including Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, one of the best-selling genealogy books of all time

Topics for our workshop include:

  American Migration Routes, 1750-1800

 Using Deeds to Trace the Trails of Your Ancestors

 You Know About Census Records But What About Census Substitutes?

 Civil War Genealogy

Mr. Dollarhides numerous books will be available for purchase during breaks and lunch.

Mark your calendar now! You don't want to miss this one. In fact, why not bring a friend? Remember you don't have to be a member to attend.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:00 a.m. For more details please visit our website at or call Karen Struve at 509-690-8380.