Roots Tech Conference – Salt Lake City
The 10th anniversary of the Roots Tech Conference will take place from Feb 26 – Feb. 29th. View conference details HERE. For those of us who can’t attend, but still want to take part, you can view a select number of live classes and events, including the daily keynote speakers. These videos will be broadcast live at RootsTech.org. You can view the streaming schedule for each day HERE.
2020 U.S. Census
In less than a month U.S. households will begin receiving 2020 Census invitations. The invitation will “include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas of the country that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire.”
Mike Allen at the SGS Table at the library on Feb. 21st.
This month’s meeting presentation will feature Kevin Mittge on ‘Using BLM GLO maps and Google Earth’. He will demonstrate the process of identifying land descriptions and cemetery locations which can be mapped using Google resources. Join us to learn some great genealogy tips and tricks.
Siuslaw Genealogical Society
Siuslaw Public Library
Public is Invited
Genealogy Webinar Marathon
Get ready for a free genealogy 24-hour webinar marathon beginning Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m. PST, hosted by FamilyTree Webinars.com and MyHeritage. From advanced Googling to DNA, this event promises to have something for everyone. View speaker list, scheduled times and Registration information HERE.
Topics include: Evidence and Proof; Tips for Finding a name-changing ancestor; The Science of Family History . . . and much more.
Google Earth and Maps for Genealogy
Kevin Mittge will provide the presentation for the Feb. 19th SGS meeting. He will show us the process of identifying land descriptions and cemetery locations that can be mapped using Google resources. Join us to learn these great genealogy tips and tricks.
Vintage WWI and WWII Posters
Member Sally Daugherty shares a link to vintage collections of posters of WWI and WWII. She says viewing them provides a slice of history that reveals a lot about what was important back then. View WWI HERE and WWWI HERE.
It was another wonderful performance by Rachel Atkins at the February 2nd event. Her portrayal of a young girl’s journey through Ellis Island brought the experience to life for all those in attendance.
The first people to be counted in the 2020 Census will be those who live in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Starting January 21, census takers will begin the Remote Alaska Operation – making their way to remote parts of Alaska. In order to reach every person to be counted, they will travel by plane, boat and dog sled. Read the full article from the Census Bureau HERE.
Mike Allen shares a link to an article from Buzzfeed news on people finding images of deceased loved ones on Google Map. View it HERE.
Living Voices Presentation – February 2, 1:00 p.m. Bromley Room, (Free) Details Here
For your New Year’s genealogy research goals, Debby Wright suggests a video from the Genealogy TV blog . “With research goals, you create research questions, with research questions, you can create research plans, with research plans you develop places to look for your ancestors, but it all starts with what do you want to know about your family history?” Get inspired by viewing it HERE.
Another method to tackle those 2020 goals comes from The Family History Daily which provides a 15 Minute Plan. “Fifteen minutes a day for 365 days adds up to more than 90 hours of ancestor sleuthing each year!” Read more HERE.
Debby also shares a link to an excellent video on how to get more out of the HINT functions in Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. View it HERE.
Dianne Carlton gives a shout-out to those who enjoy cruises or have always wanted to take one – an opportunity to cruise AND pursue your genealogy interest! Pioneers and Family History offers a cruise to Alaska in August! Click HERE for more details.
Sunday, Feb 2, 2020
Bromley Room, 1:00 p.m. Free Admission
Living Voices, a performance – “Island of Hope”
“One family escapes oppression in the old country
and sails to a new life in the new world. But what
happens to those stranded at Ellis Island?
Experience the struggle to escape oppression and
discover life at Ellis Island during its busiest years,
and the fears and dreams of every hopeful
Merilee Mulvey shares an article of a Kentucky archeological dig that reveals Civil war soldiers dyed their hair. Photography may have played a role. The Civil War was the first war on U.S. soil to be photographed. Read about the discoveries from Camp Nelson HERE.
GEDmatch recently announced it is being taken over by the forensic genomics firm Verogen. GEDmatch founder Curtis Rogers released a letter to users addressing concerns for the future. Read his letter HERE.
The 2020 Census Bureau is striving to ensure every person living in the U.S. is counted, reaching out to those in rural and remote areas – whether “at the top of a mountain or at the end of a mile-long gravel drive”. Read the story HERE.
At the November SGS meeting, there was an inquiry for contact information for:
The Oregon Genealogical Society, Inc. (OGS)
Address: 955 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR 97401-3148 (541) 345-0399
According to Merilee, the research facility at their address maintains a great deal of information about Oregon history and genealogy.
Living Voices – Sunday, February 2nd (Bromley Room) – “Island of Hope”.
Member Kevin Mittge shares important news – “if you have DNA tested with Ancestry, 23AndMe, and/or FamilyTree DNA, you can transfer your data to MyHeritage for free until Dec. 18th. This is a very important offer. The more companies you test with, the more matches you’ll get with others who have tested. This way you can get the benefits of MyHeritage’s DNA test without having to pay for it. I have not tested with MyHeritage but a year ago I transferred my data from Ancestry and now I have a whole new separate bunch of matches to work through.” View an explanation of the offer and download instructions by clicking HERE. Do it now!
The Public Records office once attached to Dublin’s Four Courts was destroyed by a massive explosion two days into the Civil War. Hundreds of years of documented history were lost. Recently, “an attempt to recreate Ireland’s archives “has been successful to a greater extent than ever previously imagined”, according to the historian behind the project. Read the full story from The Irish Times HERE.
Use of DNA Database Argued as Unconstitutional in Criminal Case
Defense lawyers claim the searching of a genealogical database to be ‘an invasion of [defendant’s] privacy’. Read the article from WMTW in Alaska HERE.