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.
News & Notes:
You may notice some changes to the website in the coming weeks, please let me know what you think, and if you have suggestions for additional improvements. Thanks for your support.
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.
Two national genealogy events are joining forces in 2015. February 12-14, 2015, the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference will take place in conjunction with FamilySearch’s RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. Attendees of one event will be able to participate in the other for an additional fee. From the announcement: "Conducting both conferences at the same time in the same facility will give interested attendees the option to benefit from both conference programs for a nominal additional cost." This is definitely something to look forward to!
Maps are wonderful! And the Genealogy Insider blog suggests the following four sites to find free historical maps to help with your genealogical research:
- David Rumsey Historical Map Collection: The maps and other cartographic images here focus on rare 18th- and 19th-century North American and South American materials. You can view maps, compare them side-by-side and download hi-resolution files.
- Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection: This University of Georgia site features maps depicting the New World, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Revolutionary Georgia, Union & Expansion, the American Civil War, Frontier to New South, Savannah and the Coast and Transportation.
- Library of Congress Map Collection: You'll find historical maps galore, and almost all can be downloaded.
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: The collection includes both historical and present-day maps of the Americas and the world. Click on US to go to a page of links for each state.
Family Tree Magazine is offering a free eBook on How to Search Obituaries to Find Ancestors and Trace Your Family Tree by Thomas Jay Kemp, which will show you secrets to mining GenealogyBank.com for obituaries of your relatives and ancestors. The Free eBook can be obtained at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/genealogybank-offer. You have to enter your name, email address and state in order to receive the link to download the free eBook. As a result of your entry, you will start receiving emails from Family Tree Magazine about their offers (which you can unsubscribe from if you wish).
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.
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 October issue is now available. And don't forget to submit your Queries for the Newsletter — they will also be posted on the website.
You should have received this year's issue of The Researcher, filled with an amazing assortment of extremely interesting articles. Since she took over as editor, Pat Wood has done an excellent job. We would like to follow up with an even better offering next year, so now is the time to start working on articles! Our new editor will be Gail Saunders, who can be contacted at email@example.com — Welcome Aboard, Gail!
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.
My Heritage.com has partnered with Maureen Taylor, the photo detective, to provide a website where you can preserve and share your old family photos, and maybe even uncover previously unnoticed clues. Check it out at Treasure Family Photos.
For UK researchers, there is a really neat resource called Archives hub, which enables you to search across descriptions of archives held at over 220 institutions across the UK.
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.
Genealogy website Mocavo is reviving the spirit of the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) volunteer record lookup website in its Genealogy Karma website. Check it out — maybe you can find someone to help you with a brickwall, or volunteer to help others yourself. I've tried it and it works!
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has released a new genealogy resource for Northern Ireland. , along with FamilySearch, has digitized the Valuation Revision Books, 1864-1933. These books contain a list of landholders and their property valuations in counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. The records are handy for filling in gaps between Griffiths Valuation (which ends in 1864) and the 1901 census (the earliest surviving Irish census).
FamilySearch's long-awaited Family Tree is now available for everyone to use. According to their website "Family Tree is an updated approach to organizing and recording your genealogy online. It is free, available to everyone, and provides an easy way to share information, compare research, and go further faster by working together. Family Tree development is ongoing and aggressive, so you can expect frequent updates, including additional training materials."
New! 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.
Washington Digital Archives is a fabulous place to search for your Washington ancestors. Other states are also establishing digital archives, such as Michigan's Seeking Michigan. To find one for your state of interest try Googling the state name along with "digital archives" or check out Cyndi's List.
As news items on the Home Page are replaced by newer ones, those of lasting interest will be placed here.
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 more than 350 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.
Links to Related Genealogical & Historical Resources Online:
- Tacoma Public Library
- Pierce County Library System
- Tacoma Historical Society
- The Seattle Public Library Genealogy Collection
- National Archives-Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle)
- National Archives Microfilm Collection in Seattle
A list of 549 microfilm publications available at the regional branch of the National Archives in Seattle, Washington. Take a look to see what else they have to offer on microfilm besides copies of the U.S. Federal Census!
- Selected Finding Aids for Archival Holdings at NARA's Pacific Alaska Region (Seattle)
- National Archives Microfilm Collection in Seattle
- Puget Sound Genealogy Resources
A list of research libraries and institutions in the greater Puget Sound area.
- Washington State Genealogical Society
- Washington State Historical Society
- The Washington USGenWeb Page
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
- TAPCUG - Tacoma Area PC Users Group