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    The Olympia Genealogical Society normally meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June, at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152, unless noted otherwise.

    Scheduled Programs

    8 Sep 2016
    "Members Shine!"
    Three of our members will take us along as they each dig into a single ancestor.

    13 Oct 2016 "Visiting Your Ancestral Town"
    Presented by Carolyn Schott, author of the book by this name. Walk in the footsteps of your ancestor. Experience the places where your family lived and get the most out of your trip to seek out family roots. The book will be available for purchase at the meeting

    10 Nov 2016 "A Troubling Resource: The Eugenics Record Office"
    Presented by Carol Ballard
    Carol says, "Finding a handwritten "Record of Family Traits" filled out by my ancestors for inclusion in 'a good index of the natural traits of the better American families' was both disturbing and enlightening. This little-known resource may provide interesting insights into personal family history as well as a dark moment of American history."

    8 Dec 2016 TBA

    12 Jan 2017 "Adoptions"
    Presented by Jewell Dunn

    9 Feb 2017
    Special Event
    Special Location
    Annual Dinner

    9 Mar 2017
    "Using GenealogyInc"
    Presented by Judy Artley
    Where to find records in the USA using the resources at

    13 Apr 2017 No meeting. Attend our annual seminar instead.

    11 May 2017
    "Writing Your Memoirs"
    Presented by Delores K. Nelson
    It's time to start writing your own story! Come and discover some great tips on how to get started.

    8 Jun 2017 "Review Your Sources and Notes - Are You Overlooking Clues In Your Early Research?
    Presented by Jerri McCoy
    Now that some time has gone by since your early research, are there clues in your sources that might make sense now that were unrecognized back then? Has additional research or resources come to light since then? We will explore possibilities for expanding families that you haven't looked at in a long time.

    Links to handouts from previous programs

    Brick Walls - Eileen Dodge
    Family interview tips - Eileen Dodge

    PowerPoint 101 - Jerri McCoy

    Genealogy Treasures in the Olympia Timberland Library - Sara Peté

    Records Generated By Military Service - 18th and 19th century conflicts - Dick Moody
    Military Records Links
    Revolutionary War
    War of 1812
    Civil War

    Researching English Records - Godfrey and Merry Ellis

    Genealogy via Newspapers - Joyce Ogden

    The Harpers of Oakham - Rob Harper

    Newspapers - the Good, Bad, and the Ugly - Roger Newman

    Correcting Errors in Family Search - Godfrey Ellis
    If you don't have PowerPoint, you can download and install the free PowerPoint Viewer here.

    Breaking Brick Walls With Land Records - Jerri McCoy

    Review Your Sources and Notes - Are You Overlooking Clues In Your Early Research? (handout) - Jerri McCoy
    (PowerPoint slides)