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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ulster Historical Foundation USA Lecture Tour

USA Lecture Tour, 05 March 2017 Tacoma, Washington
Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?
Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and large collections have come online in recent years.
Join Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Foundation during their annual USA lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.
Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops!
Fuller contact details with additional information can be found at:

Sunday, 05 March – Tacoma, WA (1:00pm–5:00pm)
Location: Pierce County Libraries, Administrative Center Library, 3005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98446
Host organisation: Lakewood and South Hill Libraries
Tel/e-mail: 253-548-3425 or 316-300-3383 (mobile)
Register online:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 2016 Christmas Party School Days

Our annual Christmas party was fun, but we did have some business to conduct before the fun started. We voted for our 2017 officers.

If you look on the previous blog post you will see a long table full of the goodies baked by our members which are all wonderful and non fating also. Now the photos of the various items, photos, scrapbooks, year books and even a prom dress. (See the latest digital digest for the story of that dress.) Even more fun was the stories of the items brought in. I did not get all the names of which item was brought in by which member so I will not list any names, but to see the photos better click on them and they will be larger.

EWGS Christmas Party A FUN Success!

Those attending the EWGS Christmas Party (planned by Mary Holcomb) had a good time! The theme was "School Days." Here is your president, Patricia Bayonne in 1948 and the high school graduation photo of our new treasurer, Dianne Bongarts:

Here is Marge Mero posing by her high school prom dress:

And there were yummy Christmas goodie treats galore!!

Sorry you missed our December meeting and party, but don't miss our January meeting and luncheon.......... check our website for details.  See you then!