GSSWI Programs for 2014 - 2015Click HERE to display programs presented during the
previous society year.
Monday September 8th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Society Board Members
Meet your fellow members and learn about ongoing research.
The Board of Directors and the new society structure will be introduced. In addition, Coffee and cookies will be consumed and the upcoming society year will be discussed. Come, visit and learn.
Monday October 13th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Becky Hanich
Becky has been doing Family History for about
40 years and
has spent many hours researching both her family and her extended
Most of her research time has been spent in the US and in
She served a Family History support Mission for the LDS
church and trained LDS personnel how to use and work in FamilySearch.org.
She has also worked extensively in the Family Tree portion of
and has taught many classes on using the Family Tree. She loves to help
others find out to whom they might be related and she feels that Family
Tree allows a unique opportunity to
work together to find our common
Since there have been many questions from our membership on the proper use of FamilySearch.org and about the new Family Tree portion of the site, this should be an extremely educational and useful program.
Monday November 10th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Speakers: Winona Laird and Janet
Family members frequently don't care about the latest land patent or census record found. What they enjoy is a good story. In this workshop, we will examine a set of birth, baptism, marriage, census and death records - and together we will extract the stories waiting to be discovered and/or investigated further.
Winona Laird has been doing genealogy for over 60 years. Her specialties are Teaching and Lecturing on genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Puget Sound Chapter, the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogy Societies. In addition, she is past President and current Education Chairman of the South King County Genealogical Society. She is one of the Founders of the Genealogy Training Center LLC. Website- www.lairdsfamilyfinders.com. She is also associated with the Genealogy Training Center LLC website www.genealogyintodaysworld.com.
Janet Camerata has researched her own family history for over 25 years. She is a seminar presenter and trainer in genealogy societies across Washington. She has also been a newsletter editor, program coordinator and currently, President of the South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS). She is also a founding member of the Genealogy Training Center LLC in Kent, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and of the Washington State Genealogy Society.
Monday December 8th, Holiday Program, 1:00 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
entree or dessert sufficient to serve eight people.
Monday January 12th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Philip Simon
Phil Simon, the husband of the GSSWI secretary, Judy
Simon, was born in Seattle (Swedish Hospital) in
June of 1947. Raised in south Seattle, Medina and north Kirkland, he
Spent as much time as possible at his grandfather's house on the
Langley waterfront. Both his mother and father were born on Whidbey
Island in the 1920's. His dad was born in Langley in 1923.
His grandfather was born in Ohio, raised on a farm near Longbranch (Key
peninsula) and his grandmother was born in Tacoma. Philip's
mother was born in 1922 on Skarberg lane near Deer Lake Clinton and her
dad was born in Sweden and her Mom in Minnesota.
Given the current interest in Langley Harbor and the Simon genealogy associated with it, this should be a very interesting program!
Monday February 9th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Nancy Adelson
Nancy Adelson is a founding member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State and serves in several genealogical organizations. She is a well known speaker and writer in many genealogical areas and holds numerous awards. Nancy has also been active in records preservation and is a tenured professor in Real Estate and Business at North Seattle College.
Learn about important Jewish customs and a little history to better research your possible Jewish ancestors from Eastern, Western and Southern Europe. Being Jewish was a way of life and not just a religion. Our Jewish ancestors were very rarely citizens of the countries or regions that they lived through the 1800’s. Therefore, there are some additional challenges when researching Jewish genealogy. You’ll discover Jewish naming traditions and tips that will help you trace your family tree. You’ll gain insights to outstanding resources and online databases that focus on Jewish genealogical research. You’ll also have a chance to look up your possibly Jewish surnames in the resource books (representing geographic areas like Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Germany, Spain, Turkey, etc.) that Nancy will bring from the JGSWS Library. Also, if you wish, you can buy valuable but hard to find guidebooks for Jewish genealogical research. This presentation is a “must see” for beginners to advance genealogists who think they might have Jewish ancestors or are simply interested in the conventions of Jewish genealogy!
Monday March 9th: Monthly Program, 1:00 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. Maureen's presentations are always informative, educational and interesting.
In this program you will learn about medicine in the early days and how it affected ancestral families in choosing a location to settle, raising their children and, possibly, moving to another location. The program might help to answer the question of why you are missing certain relatives.
Monday April 13th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Speaker: Winona Laird
Winona Laird has been doing genealogy for over 60 years. Her specialties are Teaching and Lecturing on genealogy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Puget Sound Chapter, the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogy Societies. In addition, she is past President and current Education Chairman of the South King County Genealogical Society. She is one of the Founders of the Genealogy Training Center. URL - www.lairdsfamilyfinders.com. She is also associated with the Genealogy Training Center website www.genealogyintodaysworld.com and she teaches in the continuing education department of Green River Community College.
The church, government and the wars all play a part in tracking Scottish genealogy and Scottish migration to other countires. Included is the search for baptismal, marriage and death registers plus the census records of Scotland. In addition, the clans of Scotland, the structure of family and kinship, are important in discovering Scottish genealogy.
Monday May 11th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Monday June 8th: Monthly Program, 1:00 p.m.
Gary Zimmerman, President of the Fiske Genealogy Library, will present one of his popular discussions on Genealogical Matters. His expertise and delivery are always enjoyed by society members.