Of Genealogy Interest

Dating and Identifying Old Photographs
Attempting to identify an unknown ancestor in a family photograph? Merilee Mulvey shares an article about identification clues within old  photos that may be of interest to many. The link is from the Legacy Tree Genealogy site.  View the article HERE.

New Beta Feature in Family Search
Jacquie Beveridge read an article about connecting your family tree at Family Search to your 23andme profile. The Beta test of this feature provides a list where every generation is clickable to reveal full names, dates and locations.  Read more about this feature HERE.

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More on Cemeteries

If you really like going to cemeteries, member Pat Miller shares BillionGraves’ post of “10 Cemeteries to See Before You Die”.  View the tour and find an interesting follow up to the Cemeteries presentation at our last SGS meeting.  For example, Italy is thought to have one of the most beautiful cemeteries world-wide, with one of a kind marble sculptures. In the U.S., at the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, MA, the winged skull is the most common gravesite symbol.  The skull is said to represent the “soul of the deceased flying to heaven”.  Then there’s the Neptune Memorial Reef off the coast of Key Biscayne, Florida, with an artificial reef and an Atlantis-inspired underwater architecture.  An interesting tour.

For more about cemeteries  in Oregon, a link to the Oregon Heritage is available HERE.

Intuitive Map Created for Cemetery
The historical cemetery in Charlottesville uses a geographical information system to show information on more than 200 graves and makers at its site.  Archeologist estimate there may be 1  to 1200 burials in the two-acre cemetery.  Read more on this story from Dick Eastman’s site HERE.

Navy Muster Rolls
Member Merilee Mulvey shares an article on the digitizing of navy muster rolls by the National Archives.  A grant has allowed the digitizing of hundreds of 19th-century naval muster rolls,  made accessible to the public. Access the National Archives Catalog HERE

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Passing the Gavel

Dianne Carlton has officially accepted the gavel as SGS President for the 2019 – 2020 term. Dianne has a strong interest in genealogy and is a welcomed addition to our slate of other officers: Merilee Mulvey, Treasurer and Debby Wright, Secretary.  Many thanks to Mike Allen and Jacquie Beveridge for their leadership roles as past President and Vice President. In addition, our appreciation goes out to Merilee and Debby for accepting another term as Treasurer and Secretary!

~ Passing the Gavel ~



Join us at the summer picnic!
August 21, Elks RV Park  4 p.m.
Click HERE for details and an updated menu.

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Download Link to Cemetery Headstone Documents

The presentation by Merilee Mulvey and Jacquie Beveridge at the recent SGS meeting provided interesting historical information on cemetery headstones and grave marker symbology.  The link to their reference documents can be viewed and downloaded HERE.  Additional information on Oregon cemeteries can be obtained at the Oregon Heritage site HERE.

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SGS July 17 Meeting

This month’s presentation by Jacquie Beveridge and Merilee Mulvey is sure to enlighten us on the history of cemeteries – symbology and evolution of headstones and markers. Such gravesite symbols can provide important clues to your genealogy research. Resources for proper cleaning of headstones will also be shared.  Join us for this informative presentation.

July 17, 2017
Bromley Room, 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Public Library

Presentation open to the public!

AUGUST 17, 2017

4 p.m. Potluck
Mercer Lake Road

Sign up for your potluck dish at Wednesday’s meeting.


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World Population Day – July 11

It takes 9 zeros to express a billion of anything in our numerical system.  According to the Census Bureau, as of tomorrow (July 11th) the world population will reach 7.58 billion.  The Bureau predicts however, the population growth rate will begin declining (1%) starting 2020-2021.  Between 1920 and 1980, the population more than doubled from 2 billion to almost 4.5 billion. The Bureau’s projections and an article on how it keeps track of world population can be viewed HERE.

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2020 Census – Citizenship Question

Last week the Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census.  (Read the CNN article HERE.)  However, President Trump has since expressed his ‘determination’ to have the question added.  Read more from today’s ABC News article HERE.

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