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Please address all correspondence to SKCGS, PO Box 582, Auburn, WA 98071-0582

SKCGS Monthly General Meetings

When: Third Saturday of the month except July, August & December, 9:30 AM. social time prior to the program at 10 AM.
The business meeting will FOLLOW the program.

Where: The meetings take place at the First Baptist Church of Kent, 11420 SE 248th St., Kent, WA 98030 (Map).

For information call: 253-277-2102.

January 17, 2015 • Presentation begins at 10:00 AM •

Genealogy and Medicine

Presented by Drs. Reiley Kidd and Jeff Otjen

Diseases and causes death in our past, including disease and epidemic timeline and their impact on family history.

Dr. Reiley Kidd, MD

Reiley Kidd, MD is a retired diagnostic radiologist who lives in Seattle with his wife. A native of Memphis, TN, he came to Seattle in 1975 with the Public Health Service. He worked at Virginia Mason Medical Center from 1977 to 2000, and then moved to the Seattle VA, where he worked until his retirement in 2010. He's been interested in genealogy since high school, and is currently serving as Secretary of the Seattle Genealogical Society.

Dr. Jeff Otjen, MD

Jeff Otjen is a pediatric radiologist working at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is originally from Texas though with Midwest family roots. He did both his undergraduate and medical schooling in Texas and came to Seattle to train in pediatrics. After pediatrics he turned to radiology and has been working at SCH since completing his residencies and fellowship. He lives in North Seattle with his wife Miranda, also from Texas, and 4-year-old son Henry.

February 21, 2015 • Presentation begins at 10:00 AM •

Beginning Scandinavian Research

Presented by Jill Morelli

Jill Morelli will present an overview of the available genealogical resources for Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Societal norms of each country related to naming practices, immigration patterns and class structure will be compared and contrasted. Jill has traced her Danish and Swedish lines for 10 years and discovered an unknown Norwegian ancestor on her Danish side her father did not acknowledge. Finland and Iceland are not included in the presentation.

Jill Morelli

Jill Morelli is passionate about genealogy focusing on teaching/lecturing, writing and client work. Most often her genealogy clients are looking for an unusual gift for a loved one or to solve (or not!) a particular family tradition. Her life-long vocation as an architect makes her uniquely qualified to do house histories. She is familiar with the documents and reading plans but also equally familiar with the language of architecture. She lectures regularly to local and regional genealogical and non-genealogical groups. There is no more satisfying aspect of her work than getting someone as excited as she is about genealogy and their family history.

March 21, 2015 • Presentation begins at 10:00 AM •

FamilySearch Family Tree

Presented by Lou Daly

Many new possibilities have been developed in the last few years for genealogists interested in recording their family trees online. One of the biggest and most comprehensive ones is the wiki based program called FamilySearch which just launched in November 2013. It's really quite amazing. I have been doing genealogy for over fifty years and I never wanted to put my information online until I was introduced to this program. Now I'm hooked.
Come find out what it is all about and whether it might be something you would be interested in. Some advanced information will also be covered for those of you who are already registered in the program. Q and A time will be included.

Lou Daly

Lou Daly has been doing genealogy since her 20's when she discovered three trunks full of family memorabilia in a secret closet at her grandparent's home. That event started what has turned into a life-long passion. Lou is a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History certificate program (2002 and 2005) and has been co-chair of the Fiske Library Mac Interest Group for eight years. She has also served on the Fiske Library board. Professionally an architect, she designed the current home of SGS. A member of many genealogical societies she travels extensively to collect family information, mostly in the Northeast and has almost all of her lines back to immigration (most of them into the 1600's). She is currently working on extending her European lines.

April 18, 2015 • Presentation begins at 10:00 AM •

How Healthy is Your Tree?

Presented by Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.

This talk takes an in-depth look at how to build a health genogram from a traditional genealogical pedigree chart. A genogram displays detailed information on health and relationships among individuals. Covered in this presentation also is a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics and how health concerns are passed on through generations. Several physical and mental health issues are discussed in depth.

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., has 20 years of experience in family history research as well as academic work in the area (Genealogy and Family History certificate at UW in 2012, certificate program in genealogy at Boston University in 2013). A member of 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 Association of Professional Genealogists. In her work life, she is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in child and family therapy and has been a private practice therapist and a faculty member teaching psychology.

May 16, 2015

Workshop: Analyzing Your DNA Results

Presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy

Mary Kathryn Kozy

Mary K. Kozy, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, has worked on her family history for 30+ years, since the age of 13. She has researched families from the Midwest to the Deep South, from both Western and Eastern Europe, and has over 18,000 family members on her tree. She started her own family website in 1996 and continues developing it. She served as the webmaster, program chair, and education chair for the South King County Genealogy Society, as well as the education chair for the Washington State Genealogical Society (WSGS). She currently serves as the Region 2 Representative for WSGS, works on the FamilySearch Indexing Project, coordinates five USGenWeb counties, and teaches seminars at local LDS Family History Centers and genealogical societies. Mary is married and the mother of three wonderful children. She has a degree in Zoology from UW Seattle and is currently completing a second degree in Information Technology and Systems at UW-Tacoma.

Nominating Committee Volunteers Needed!

Two general members and two board members are needed to serve on the nominating committee.
If you are interested in this short term volunteer opportunity please contact President Janet Camarata
by email

Article VI - Nominations and Elections

1. Nominations for officers shall be made by a Nominating Committee, consisting of three (3) members to be appointed by the President no later than the January general meeting: one (1) member to be selected from the Board of Directors and two (2) members from the general membership, plus one (1) alternate from the Board. The Nominating Committee shall be given a list of each officer's duties, together with names of members in good standing, and accordingly select at least one nominee for each office to be filled. The Committee shall report the slate of nominees to the Newsletter Editor and the Webmaster by the deadline for the April newsletter and the general membership at the March meeting. The slate shall be published in the April newsletter and on the society’s website no later than 30 days preceding the May election.

King County Birth Register

Washington State Digital Archives

Transcription & Indexing done by members of the South King County Genealogical Society Extractions Committee.

SKCGS transcription of the King County Birth Register 1891-1907

This database contains the names of 19,668 people who were born in King County from 1891-1907.

The Extraction Committee under the leadership of Martha Richards using microfilm and digital images transcribed the records from the birth register. The index from the transcription made it possible for the Washington State Digital Archives to put these images online, and provide the record search facility.

King County Death Register

Washington State Digital Archives

Transcription & Indexing done by members of the South King County Genealogical Society.

King County Death Register 1891-1907

This database contains the names of 16,998 people who died in King County from 1891-1907.

Seattle Birth Register Volume 1

Washington State Digital Archives

Transcription & Indexing done by members of the South King County Genealogical Society.

SKCGS transcription of Seattle Birth Records Vol. 1 - 1 November 1890 - 30 December 1891

This database contains the names of 687 people who were born in Seattle, King County, Washington from 1 Nov. 1890 - 30 Dec. 1891.

Seattle Death Register

Washington State Digital Archives

Transcription & Indexing done by members of the South King County Genealogical Society.

Seattle Death Registers Index, 1881-1907

This database contains the names of 13,916 people who died in Seattle, King County, Washington during 1881-1907.

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