SGS Meeting – September 20

This month’s meeting presentation features Genealogy Shorts with Mike Allen  and Sally Daugherty on ‘Ancestors from the Grand Army of the Republic’.  Mike will provide a brief summary of the army and a mystery badge story.  Sally will speak about her great grandfather and the GAR, and share a story of ‘The Last Man Standing’.  Kevin Mittge will also discuss Civil War Pension records.  Join us for an evening of Genealogy Shorts!

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Siuslaw Genealogical Society Meeting
September 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Public Library, Bromley Room

Public is Invited!
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Recycle Program
The Siuslaw News gave special recognition to the SGS Recycle Program in this week’s edition.  This fundraising project continues to receive used printer cartridges, phones and other electronic devices for recycling, which bring us revenue while making a positive ecological impact!!

Genealogy Basics Course: Tracing Your Family’s Roots
President Mike Allen will be teaching an introductory, three-week genealogy course at Lane Community College beginning October 26th. The class meets on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. He will demonstrate how to create a family tree, use online and office research tools and methods of expanding your family tree research through DNA. The class will involve lecture and interactive discussions.  Anyone interested can register at the college. Cost: $20.25

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Forgotten Famine Era Graves Discovered in Massachusetts

Member Karen Childs shares a fascinating story of one woman’s journey in tracing her husband’s Irish ancestry in New England.  Read the article HERE.

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Of Genealogy Interest

Cemetery Survey – Can You Help?
Pat Rongey shares announces a cemetery survey project funded by the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is currently seeking information.  The survey data will be posted on a website ‘exploring the cemetery as community space‘.  Complete the survey HERE.

Who Do You Think You Are
Jacquie Beveridge is pleased to share word that the popular TV program will be returning in the Spring on the TLC channel.  No premier date is currently available however, view more details HERE.

Decipher Early Handwriting
Merilee Mulvey found  a recent article from Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter on how to decipher early (17th and 18th century) British/American handwriting. This is Part 1 of a series of posts on how to read hand written colonial documents. She hopes this will be helpful to SGS members.  Read the article HERE.

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Picnic Slideshow

Pictures from the summer picnic are now available! View the slideshow HERE.

Mike Allen shares a link to a fascinating video he discovered on DNA comparisons in a small England village.  View it HERE.

Save the Dates:
~ January 28, 2018, 2 pm; Bromley Room –  Living Voices presents Northwest Passages
~ April 15, 2018; Florence Event Center – SGS Seminar, w/ Emily Aulicino

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Summer News

There was a good turnout for the Summer Picnic last week! The food was in abundance, as was the music, storytelling and challenging Trivia contest. Thanks to all who participated!  Check back for more pictures.
BagPipers from Coos Bay

Jacquie Beveridge passes on a link to ‘Irish Lives Remembered, a genealogy magazine she has been receiving for FREE for several years.

Jacquie also reports that “On Thursday, August 3, 2017, MyHeritage announced it is in the process of acquiring Millennia Corporation, the makers of Legacy Family Tree desktop software ad Legacy Family Tree Webinars.”  Read their blog post HERE.

Is this a positive merger for genealogists? Read Thomas MacEntee’s article HERE.

Jacquie also informs us FamilyTree has a new single website to access all their products and services (Family Tree Magazine, Family Tree University and ShopFamilyTree.)  
Click HERE

~ Living Voices presents Northwest Passages – January 28, 2018, 2 pm; Bromley Room
~ SGS Seminar, w/ Emily Aulicino – April 15, 2018; Florence Event Center

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SGS News and Upcoming Events

From Our Members:
Mark Buehrig shares a story showcasing the accuracy of DNA test kits with 2 sets of triplets and one set of quadruplets. See the video HERE.

Pat Rongey was recently recognized in the Siuslaw News for her efforts in researching names and families of decayed grave markers at Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery. The revitalization project obtained a grant to place 35 headstones on the graves. Read full article HERE.

Kevin Mittge wants everyone to know about the 20% or more savings on DNA test kits from Family Tree DNA. Get the details HERE.

Living Voices – Save the Date:  January 28, 2018, 2:00 pm in the Bromley Room.
Living Voices an educational theatre company, combines “dynamic performance  and archival film to bring life to history”.  The presentation is entitled Northwest Passages.  Read more HERE.

Hope to see you at the Summer Picnic!!
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DNA Speaker, Summer Test Kit Deals

Guest speaker Linda Forrest presented a highly informative visual display and discussion on Autosomal DNA at the July SGS meeting.  The program was well attended and followed with a lengthy question and answer period.  An audio recording of her presentation is available (until August 5) HERE (approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes).  

Summer Test Kit Deals
~ Mike Allen shares a link to National Geographic’s Geno 2.o (ancestral migration path) and Helix DNA kit.  View details HERE.
~ MyHeritage is presently offering a special promotion for the MyHeritage DNA kit ($69). The promotion is in effect NOW and will run through July 24th.  More details HERE.
~ Another on going special previously shared by Jacquie Beveridge is FamilyTree’s DNA test kit at a special price ($89.99) for Amazon Prime members.  Details HERE.


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