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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 meeting at 10 AM.

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.

September 20, 2014

Federal Military Records: Understanding and Finding Online

Presented by Carol Buswell

Trying to understand which federal military records are available and might be of value is often a daunting task. On top of that, figuring out where they might be on the web and off further complicates the process. Help is on the way! Carol Buswell, Education Specialist from the National Archives, will assist you in this complex process by identifying and helping you to understanding the most promising military records and directing you to the records that are, or soon will be, online.

Carol Buswell

Carol Buswell is Education Specialist from the National Archives in Seattle and has nearly 30 years experience as a writer, teacher and specialist in family history. She holds a Master's Degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA (1997). She compiled four indexes to American Indian censuses and rolls, wrote a migration history of Cherokee Indians in the late 19th century, gives workshops to school teachers about interesting and innovative ways to search the National Archives (both in Seattle and online).

October 18, 2014

Bylaws Amendments - Discussion and Vote

During the past year both the Board of Directors and the General Meeting have failed to achieve a quorum and therefore the ability to conduct society business, two amendments are proposed regarding Board membership and General Meeting quorum, in addition on 2 September 2014 the Board of Directors adopted the following amendments to Committee Duties:

  • Section 2.12 Newsletter Editor
    Paragraph A. Changing the publication of the newsletter from six times a year to four times a year.
    Paragraph F. Changing issues in which special articles appear.
    These changes require amendments to Bylaws, Article VI, Nominations and Elections, Paragraph 1

The full text for the proposed amendments will be found on the SKCGS 2014 Handbook Amendments page, a printable PDF version is also available.

Program: A Stroll Through Our Award Winning South King County Genealogical Society Website

Presented by Glenn Gilbert, SKCGS Web Master

Discover all the hidden gems that can be found on our own society website. Print a copy of our handbook. Learn what publications are available for purchase. Link to our member's personal research websites. Find out where the Out to Lunch Bunch is meeting this month. Discover links to popular local, King County, Washington State and Internet sites. Access handouts from previous SKCGS presentations. And learn how to sign up for the WA-SKGS-L Mailing List and much much more.

November 15, 2014

Newspapers: Ancestor Research is More Than Birth, Marriage and Death Dates

Presented by Dee Haviland Fournier

You have your ancestor's birth, marriage, and death dates. Now, what should you do? This class will help you learn how to fill in the blanks of your ancestor's life history. Newspaper Research answers the questions of Who, What, When, Where, and sometimes Why! Often, leading to and opening new areas of research.

Dee Haviland Fournier

Dee Haviland Fournier began the search for her family history in 1984. She enjoys finding interesting things in old newspapers, especially when they relate to her family or places where they lived. She co-authored a guide for beginning genealogists, Stepping Stones to Genealogy, for the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society (California). She also served on their Board of Directors for eight years! Now residing in Puyallup, Washington, she shares her knowledge with others interested in tracing their family history. Her fields of expertise include Newspaper, French-Canadian, Civil War Research and Roots Magic6.

March 21, 2015

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.

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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