SGS Monthly Meeting Jan 17

The January 17th SGS meeting features a Genealogy Shorts presentation with a focus on the Great Depression.  Members Sally Daugherty, Brenda Gilmer, and Debra Wright will be presenting.

SGS January 17th Meeting
Siuslaw Library, Bromley Room
7 p.m.

The public is invited!


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Of Genealogical Interest

Vice President Jacquie Beveridge shares news of a free webinar on Wednesday, 2/21 at
6 p.m. The Southern California Genealogical Society’s presentation features Thomas MacEntee on ‘Navigating the Seven C’s of Genealogy’.  Register HERE.

The Presentation:
“Do genealogy “resolutions” really work? How about setting genealogy “goals” or “themes” instead? I’ve developed a list of seven “themes” to guide me this year and hopefully I can institute these as general “rules to do genealogy by” over the next few years. I think the themes cover most areas of concern for every family historian, whether you’ve been at this for some time or you are just starting.”

A Good Local Read
Member Pat Rongey recently discovered the book ‘Westlake Girl’ by Frieda Wampler (printed 2016) with a chapter on our local Florence area.  The book can be located in the library’s Siuslaw Room on the west wall, in the top right area.

Living Voices – Jan. 28th; 2 p.m.; Bromley Room

DNA Seminar – April 14th; FEC; Registration Form and FAQ
Seminar Gift Basket – Marilee Mulvey accepting items now!


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Upcoming Events

January 28th; 2 p.m. Bromley Room

Living Voices combines dynamic solo performances with archival film and sound, turning history into a moving and personal journey.”

The Program – North West Passages
Northwest Passages tells the story of the development of the Pacific Northwest, focusing primarily on the years between 1880 and 1920. It is an examination of forces that pulled people here from regions throughout the United States and the world, the dreams they hoped to fulfill, the realities they encountered, and the established communities of people who were affected by this great influx . . . The story follows a family’s growth in America as they celebrate both Swedish and American holidays, build a new life, and struggle against prejudice toward immigrants.”   Rachel Atkins, Script Writer

Join us for this free, extraordinary event!
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DNA Seminar Door Prize

A gift basket is being put together as a door prize for one (1) lucky attendee at the April 14th seminar. Its theme is “genealogy toolbox for research” and the creator, Merilee Mulvey, hopes to fill it with useful items any beginning or intermediate genealogy geek can use! Some items already included are two cd’s and paper copies of various forms useful for research; a laminated ‘quicksheet’ on citing online historical sources; a book on the Lewis & Clark trail; an atlas of the Civil War; plenty of miscellaneous writing tools, note stickers, and two sizes of notebooks for the researcher to jot down notes. 

Merilee is looking for a few more “new or like-new” items that SGS members may have at hand and would want to contribute. If you feel you have something suitable to contribute, please bring it to the January meeting so Merilee can see if it fits with the basket theme. Merilee will bring the basket to the January meeting for folks to see the contents.

Thank you to everyone for helping with the SGS seminar plans. 

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Family History DNA Seminar

DNA: What’s It All About?
The Siuslaw Genealogical Society (SGS) is pleased to present genetic genealogist and author Emily Aulicino on Saturday, April 14th, for a seminar exploring DNA for genealogy.  Sessions include: Getting the most from your autosomal DNA test; You have a DNA match! Now what?; Writing your childhood and family memories; and DNA success stories.  Ms. Aulicino, a well-known genetic genealogist, is the author of Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond and “Memoing” My Memories, which will be available for purchase during the seminar.  In the hope that non-genealogists, as well as experienced family historians, will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, registration for this seminar is very reasonably priced, at $20 for members or $25 for non-members, with a boxed lunch available for $10.

Download the Registration Form, and FAQ page to answer all of your questions. Printed registration forms are also available in the Siuslaw Room at the library.

For further inquiries, email us at


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Of Genealogy Interest

SGS member Merilee Mulvey shares a fascinating story from London of an abandoned baby in a box and the role of DNA test results to provide answers.  Read the story HERE.

SGS President Mike Allen discovered a resource for those exploring Irish roots.  ‘The video gives an excellent overview”.   View it HERE.

Family History Book Workshop
SGS Secretary Sherri Spencer informs us of a 3-session workshop taking place in Eugene:

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Family History Book Workshop, Part 1  (Classes)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
OGS Library, 955 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR

The Publications Committee is offering a 3-part workshop to help you create your own Family History Book that can be published through the Oregon Genealogical Society.  They will talk about: Copyright on material and especially images, what you might want to put in and where it should go, do you use color or B/W for pictures and where each person should go and what to do to fluff some of your people.  Bring either or both your family books and your computer

Part 2: Saturday, February 10, 2018.
Part 3: Saturday, April 14, 2018. 
Instructors:  Linda Aubrey and Ardys Vaughn
Fee:  FREE
Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to class.

Minutes from the December 20th meeting are available for viewing HERE.

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Irish Ancestry and Viking DNA

SGS President Mike Allen shares an article from an Irish DNA project, which produced the first genetic map of the people of Ireland.  The study suggests Irish people may have far more Viking DNA than previously thought.  Read the article HERE.

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A DNA Presentation and DNA Test Kit Security

SGS member Brenda Gilmer shares a link to a presentation by Lord Colin Renfrew: ‘DNA and Indo-European Origins’.  View the presentation HERE.

DNA Test Kits – consider your privacy implications.  SGS Member Judy Thibault recommends reviewing an article addressing ‘who else could have access to information about your heritage and your health’? Read the article HERE.

New SGS Library Researcher
Member Debby Wright has joined the SGS volunteers in the Siuslaw Room and will be ‘on duty’ Thursday afternoons, 1 to 3 p.m.

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