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SKCGS Activities & Events

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 Family History Month
Genealogy Help Desks

Burien Library, 400 SW 152nd St., Burien, WA 98166 AND at the Covington Library,  27100 164th Ave SE,  Covington, WA 98042

October 21, 2017

General Meeting
Beyond Tours and Trinkets: Research Resources at the Kent Historical Museum

Presented by Tessa Yeaman

As museums struggle to gain new visitors, they are reinventing themselves as research facilities. Learn about the types of resources available to you in libraries and archival repositories at your local  Bereiter House Museum, home of the Greater Kent Historical Society.   From family histories to yearbooks, this program will help kick start your research at the Kent Historical Museum.

Tessa Yeaman is former Social Studies teacher who obtained Bachelor's degrees in History and Education. She completed extensive graduate work in U.S. History with an emphasis in Pacific Northwest History, and completed her Masters degree in Museum Studies at the University of Washington. Her thesis work was in Museum Theater at living history museums. Tessa's professional career has taken her into the research and management of local history and historic house museums. She still continues to follow her passion in the development of educational programming at a variety of informal learning institutions.


Meetings are held at Wesley Homes Lea Hill, 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn, WA 98092 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 2nd floor Assembly Room. Google Map
Presentation at 10:00 AM

October 21, 2017 Beginning Genealogy Class
Vital Records: Birth, Marriage and Death

    Vital records are one of the best resources for building a family tree.   Learn the strengths and weaknesses of the information contained in vital records and where to locate them.  Learn to search examine and order copies of vital records available through online state digital archives and county offices and what to use when vital records are not available.

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

October 23, 2017 Technology Users Group (TUG)
All Things Family Search

Searching records, genealogies and trees, books, card catalogue, and Wiki

    The Technology User Group is intended for genealogist who use personal computers, tablets, and smart phones for research and records management. The group meets the first Monday after the general meeting to discuss the best use of each, share knowledge and experience, learn about information technology, including tools, media, apps and websites.

Meetings are held at the KCLS Covington Library , 27100 164th Ave SE, Covington, WA 98042 from 1-3pm.

October 27, 2017 New Writing Special Interest Group

The WIG  focus’ on how to START writing stories about our family and ancestors. It is a roundtable type of meeting where we share ideas, tips and experiences on how to get past the "Oh, How do I begin?" syndrome. We mentor and "Pep Talk" each other in a comfortable and safe atmosphere on how to start writing. At each meeting a writing assignment (short) will be given for the following meeting.
Meetings will be on the 4th Friday of the month except for November which will be on the first Friday after Thanksgiving weekend Friday. No meetings in July, Aug, Dec. Changes will be noted on the SKCGS webpage.

For more information contact Lowell Tuttle, SKCGS Genealogist

Meetings are held at the Covington Library , 27100 164th Ave SE, Covington, WA 98042 from 1-3pm.

November 18, 2017

General Meeting
Grandpa Worked on the Railroad

Presented by Janice Lovelace


Meetings are held at Wesley Homes Lea Hill, 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn, WA 98092 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 2nd floor Assembly Room. Google Map
Presentation at 10:00 AM

November 18, 2017 Beginning Genealogy Class
Searching the Census

    The federal population census records (1790- 1940) are basic resources for genealogists to learn more about their ancestors.  Learn how to search by name and/or location at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch and what microfilm rolls are available at the National Archives.  Discover family members, neighbors, occupations, education levels and much more.

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

December, 2017

General Meeting

No General Meeting for December

January 20, 2017

General Meeting
Genealogy Roadshow

Presented by Lisa Oberg


Meetings are held at Wesley Homes Lea Hill, 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn, WA 98092 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 2nd floor Assembly Room. Google Map
Presentation at 10:00 AM

January 20, 2018 Beginning Genealogy Class
Supplemental Census Records

    The U.S. government also collected non-population, special supplemental censuses, collecting territorial data, agriculture, manufacturing, slave schedules, state, veterans, social statistics, and mortality (causes of death).  Learn to locate images of the censuses and how to email images or save images to USB flash or thumb drives.

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

February 17, 2018 Beginning Genealogy Class
Research the Newspapers

    Newspapers records include announcements, obituaries, anniversaries, legal notices, letters to the editor, social columns filled with personal news of the daily experiences and lives of your family and their neighbors.  Learn how to access a variety of historical newspapers to see you ancestors as part of a larger community.

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

March 17, 2018 Beginning Genealogy Class
Immigration, Emigration, Naturalization and Passports

      You want to research your ancestor in Germany, Ireland or France? First you'll need to find when and where they came to the U.S.  Ports of Immigration lined the entire US coast line.  Use an emigrant record for genealogy research.  Learn the naturalization process.  What information is on the Passport applications?

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

April 21, 2018 Beginning Genealogy Class
Military and Land Records

     Learn about collecting your family records, putting information on forms and using the many sources and repositories to start your genealogy. Learn how to use the repeatable Genealogist’s Research Cycle to stay focused on your research. Learn to use pictures and videos as part of your family history.

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

May 19, 2018 Beginning Genealogy Class
Genealogy Timelines

     Timelines can aid your genealogy research in many ways.  Timelines create a personalized path through the past.  Help expose the gaps in your research.  Timelines can serve as an outline for writing your ancestor's story.

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

June 16, 2017 Beginning Genealogy Class
Citing Your Genealogical Sources

     Understand the function of citing sources.  Format Citations to the standards set.  Citing genealogy sources can improve your family history research.

Pre-Registration required before each class
Register before the next South King County Genealogical Society meeting or email the list of classes you plan on attending to Winona Laird.

Classes will be held after the General Meeting.  Classes will be in the Theater and will start at Noon and will last for 50 minutes.

September 22, 2018 Seminar 2018

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