Tacoma-Pierce County
Genealogical Society

About the Society:

Located in Washington state, the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society consists of a diverse group of members — those whose families were early settlers in the area and still live here; those who live in the area now, but have few if any familial connections here; and those who no longer live here, but whose ancestors did at one time.

The purposes of TPCGS are to stimulate a popular interest in family history, to seek genealogical and historical knowledge, to preserve and perpetuate the records of our ancestors, and to collect and publish genealogical source material of Pierce County and the Puget Sound Region.

Monthly Meetings:
Guests are always welcome at our meetings. Come meet other Pierce-County genealogists and listen to great speakers.

History of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society:
The society was organized in the spring of 1961 and began with 6 members, ending its first full year with 54 members. There are currently around 150 members in the society, many of whom live in the Tacoma-Pierce County area of Washington state, as well as many other areas of the United States.



News & Notes:


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Society News

Members should have received this year's Researcher recently. It is chockful of interesting articles, which may provide ideas for solving one of your genealogical problems. And it's not too early to start thinking about writing an article for next year's issue! Are you taking a research trip this summer? Going to a family reunion? Have you made a big (or even small) breakthrough? Or come across an interesting new source? All of these could be interesting subjects for articles.


Our Vice President of Programs, Helen Stender, has had to resign. However, Ellen McKanna has volunteered to fill the position until the term ends at the end of the year. In addition, Dave Olsen, Vice President of Education, has decided not to run for re-election. We are also looking for a new Editor-in-Chief for the Researcher. If you think you might be interested in any of these positions, please contact the Board.


This year's Spring Seminar took place on Saturday, April 19th, and even though it was the day before Easter, it was still very well attended. For that we credit the excellent speaker, Dick Eastman, and an interesting selection of topics.

Next year's speaker has already been chosen: Connie Lenzen, from Portland, Oregon. For more details, check out the Spring Seminar page. Start planning now to attend!


Members should have recently received the latest issue of the Newsletter. Newsletters are now sent out by e-mail, and also posted on the website. Therefore the April issue is now available. And don't forget to submit your Queries for the Newsletter — they will also be posted on the website.


Veterans Graves in Pierce County, WA — Extracted from a 1939 WPA project, this database consists of a name Index plus a further eight items extracted from the cards by society volunteers. These cards are in the holdings of the Northwest Room of the Tacoma Public Library. Contact the Library for additional information.


The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society is now offering a Tacoma Area Obituary Look Up Service. Due to cutbacks at the Tacoma Public Library they are no longer able to offer this service, so have asked the society if we would take it on.



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New & Noteworthy

Bad news from the Washington State Library:

Due to budget and staff reductions, the Washington State Library will discontinue its obituary lookup service effective June 16. We will also be reducing our building and phone hours from 8-5, Monday – Friday, to 12-5, Monday – Friday. If you wish to research at the library in person, we strongly recommend that you call ahead before your visit.

Details about our budget situation and reduced service hours can be found in the blog post here: http://blogs.sos.wa.gov/library/index.php/2014/06/washington-state-library-reduces-service-hours/

Suggestions for how to get a copy of obituary are listed on our website: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/Out-of-State.aspx Customers are also welcome to visit us and search for obituaries themselves.

If you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to contact us. Comments and concerns should be directed to Rand Simmons, Washington State Librarian, at rand.simmons@sos.wa.gov or 360-570-5585.


If you have Quakers in your family, you will be interested in a recent announcement from Ancestry.com: "We just released 11.5 million new records documenting one of the most prominent groups in American history, the 'Religious Society of Friends,' more commonly known as Quakers. Spanning over 300 years (late 1600s – late 1900s), the collection includes birth, marriage, death, disownment, and memorial records, sourced from the Quaker’s monthly meeting minutes. - See more at: New Quaker Records Tell the Stories of Our Nation’s “Friends”.


Check out this map showing European borders over 1000 years at http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/.


Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee recently announced the debut of Hack Genealogy, a new resource for the genealogy industry and the growing community of genealogy and family history enthusiasts.

Hack Genealogy is about “repurposing today's technology for tomorrow's genealogy” and a little bit more. Hack Genealogy is more than just a list of resources: It provides information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry.Hack Genealogy is not merely about surviving the overwhelming presence of new and emerging technologies . . . Hack Genealogy is about genealogy and technology success in its many facets.



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Freebies

Subscription genealogy websites occasionally offer free access to specific databases in their collections. Such offers will be listed here.



MyHeritage is offering free access to a number of military record collections from now through the end of July. Details may be found in the MyHeritageBlog.



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Research Aids

If you have ancestors from New Hampshire, check out these Maps & Atlases from the University of New Hampshire Library website.


Apropos our recent meeting topic on Norwegian ancestry, The National Archives of Norway has digitized parish registers, probate records, court records, and much more available online.


Ancestry.com is in the process of producing a series of Free State Research Guides. For more information, watch this video: State Research Guides and Place Pages.


RootsTech is over now, but if you missed the conference, you can watch select videos via YouTube, from the comfort of your own home.


Do you have Rhode Island roots? If so, you may be interested in checking out the Rhode Island Digital Archives.


Or are your ancestors from Chicago? Then check out this Research Guide from The Newberry Library.


141 county plat books from Missouri have been scanned and can be viewed for free on this section of the Missouri Digital Heritage website.


Ancestry.ca's free 1921 Canadian census collection is now indexed. That means you can search the records by name and other criteria instead of having to know exactly where your ancestor lived, and then browsing by location. The census will be accessible free on Ancestry.ca for at least three years, says spokesperson Matthew Deighton.


Approximately 6,000 Civil War Veterans are buried in Washington State. Information about them can be found at Civil War Veterans Buried in Washington State. If you know of a veteran not listed, submissions are welcome.


Founders Online is a new website created by the National Archives featuring correspondence and other writings of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Together these present a fascinating view into a pivotal period of American history.


We often find ourselves too engrossed in the hunt to take time to carefully record our sources and citations, then going back overwhelms us. The Armchair Genealogist addresses this common situation, and proposes a solution in A 10 Step Plan: Getting Sources & Citations Under Control.



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Books & Blogs

Just announced on the GenealogyInsider Blog: "Cable television network TLC has announced the premiere date and the stars of the 2014 season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (US version). The new season will start Wednesday, July 23, at 9/8 central on TLC. (If you don't have cable or can't watch that evening, the episodes usually become available on the show's website after they air.)

Six new episodes will air, featuring the family histories of:

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
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The Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society (TPCGS) is a registered nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code using EIN 91-1180097. In addition, the TPCGS is a registered nonprofit corporation in the state of Washington under WAC 458-20-169 using UBI 600444975. As such, your donations and contributions may be tax deductible and are greatly appreciated. Fundraising activities are occasionally held for the benefit of the TPCGS.

The purpose of the TPCGS is to stimulate popular interest in family history, to seek genealogical and historical knowledge, to preserve and perpetuate the records of our ancestors, to aid individual members in compiling their family histories, and to collect and publish genealogical source material.