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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.

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 president@skcgs.org

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 Library System News

At the end of 2014, King County Library System will be replacing the Heritage Quest database with a database called MyHeritage Library. The last day to use Heritage Quest will be 31 Dec 14. The first day to use MyHeritage Library will be 1 Jan 15. MyHeritage Library is a new product that allows patrons to search all available U.S. Census records from home and provides digital images of the originals.

Genealogy Training Center • Genealogy in Today's World

The Genealogy Training Center will provide interactive genealogy and hands-on computer courses to those just beginning to capture their family history and for those who already know the basics to family history and genealogical research and wish to improve their research skills. The courses will incorporate the basics of genealogy, the use of technology to meet their personal family history goals and to share that information with others. Courses will include the basic records sets used in genealogical research, the methodology to accomplish their objectives, enhanced data accuracy, sourcing of data records and the steps to permanently preserve their family's records and history. The courses cover searching for ancestors and family members, the ability to draw conclusions from the information found, recording sources and locations, and following the next steps to find more relevant information, and to help students dig deeper into their family's past.

Courses will include genealogical record sets, research inside and outside the United States. Technology will be part of each class. A variety of resources for doing research available for genealogists will be offered.

The classes will be held at IBEW Local No 46, Computer Lab, 19802 62nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032 (Map)

The instructors will be Janet O'Conor Camarata and Winona Laird.

See the Genealogy Training Center Services Class Schedule for class listings & registration form.

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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