GSSWI Programs for 2016 - 2017Click HERE to display programs presented during the
previous society year.
Monday September 12th: Monthly Program, 12:45 p.m.
Speaker: Society Members
Throughout the year, we will learn about school records, railroad history and its research, naturalization, New York research, and more. Our continuing beginning genealogy class will start on October 10th, at 11:45 a.m., prior to the speaker at 1 p.m. See you on September 12th, at 1 p.m. The society meets at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland.
Monday October 10th: Monthly Program, 12:45 p.m.
Speaker: Maureen MacDonald
Maureen MacDonald is one of our most active members and a graduate of Sarah Thorson-Little's highly recommended University of Washington Genealogy class.Some of our ancestors arrived in the United States via Canada. They came for various reasons and some stayed in Canada for extended time periods before entering the United States. This presentation will deal with those arriving from the British Isles.
Monday November 14th: Monthly Program, 12:45 p.m.
Speaker: Eric Stroschein
Eric Stroschein owns, with his wife Karen, Generations Detective, a genealogical research firm. When not researching, he can be found driving a fire engine for the Seattle Fire Department where he is a 26 year veteran.
This program will deal with how our ancestors became naturalized citizens of the United States - a topic of great interest to genealogists.
Eric's previous programs for GSSWI have been among the most popular and informative of our presentations.
Monday December 12th, Holiday Program, 12:45 p.m.
Program: Annual Holiday Potluck and Personal Research Review
Come prepared to present a few words on an interesting aspect of your current research, an interesting book you've found or anything else notable you've discovered. Family artifacts are also appropriate.
will be our annual Holiday potluck luncheon. Please bring a
salad, entree or dessert sufficient to serve eight people.
Monday January 9th: Monthly Program, 12:45 p.m.
Speaker: Mary Kay Roddy
Mary Roddy has been a genealogist since 2000. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington in 2005. She has served the Seattle Genalogical Society in multiple board positions and on the seminar and education committees. Mary Kay lectures frequently on various genealogical topics at various locations in the Seattle area.
FamilySearch.org has millions of images on its website, many of which are unindexed and not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, wills, estate inventories and more. Plus, FamilySearch is adding more and more such images every month. To take advantage of the ever-increasing bounty, it's important to know where to find these types of records.
Monday February 13th: Monthly Program, 12:45 p.m.Speaker: Janet Camarata
Program: Mapping an Ancestor
Georgraphy is a discipline closely related to genealogy and an untapped resource for learning more about our ancestors. Using geography and maps in research provides visual clues to help answer questions about where, how far, and what is nearby.
Learn about the George E. Curry family of Ohio and Kansas and how maps focused the research, located property, identified lost place names, solved a family mystery and identified jurisdictions to write for records.
Monday March 13th: Monthly Program, 12:45 p.m.
To find your Irish ancestor you must know the County and Townland of the ancestor's birth. A common problem is the existence of too many individuals in a geographic area with the same or similar names. How does one identify the correct ancestral individual?
Jill will give us the information necessary to properly identify our Irish ancestors.
We will use the FAN Club approache to finding Mary Coyne who married Daniel H. Doherty in Montana.
Monday April 10th: Monthly Program, 12:45 p.m
Speaker: Janice Lovelace
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., has 20 years of experience in family history research as well as academic work in genealogy. A member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for a number of years, she joined the SGS Board as Vice-President in June 2014. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Janice's Grandfather worked for the railroad as did many men in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn how to discover their companies, their job types and where they worked.
This presentation will focus on railroad companies and how to access their records including pension information.
Speaker: Karen Sipe
Karen is one of our regular speakers. In the past, she has enlightened us on the subject of DNA in which she is highly qualified. Karen's program this month, however, deals with the histories of schools plus their formation and types.Karen will focus on the varieties of school records and sources that are available. She will explain where to find school records and how they can be applied to genealogical research. Examples from Berks County, PA, Washington State, Nova Scotia and Texas should be applicable to most states and locations.
Gary's programs are always useful, entertaining and educational. Attend and learn from him.