Determining Relationships; Adding Names To Tree

The November 17th SGS meeting features The History of Photography, a video on estimating the age of a photograph through clothing styles. Join us!

Siuslaw Genealogical Society Meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2022
3:00 P.M.
Siuslaw Public Library
Bromley Room


Family Tree recently published an article titled “How to Determine Relationships with Shared DNA Matches“. While testing companies provide an estimate of your relationship to a match based on the amount of DNA shared, the article displays a chart showing a numeric range of the shared centimorgans which may clarify and help you better understand the relationship. While a perplexing topic, seeing the range numbers next to the associated relationship may offer the explanation you’ve been trying to work through.

Patricia Hartley of the Family History Daily reminds us to scrutinize a name before including it in our family tree. In her article, Why You Need to Stop Adding Names to Your Family Tree, she recommends being certain to “really understand and grow at least a decent proportion of these relatives so that you gain a clearer view of your family’s past and avoid making unfortunate mistakes that can get you off track”. Certainly we’ve all experienced spending more research time than we care to admit, on names that in the end, were non-family members. Her short article is well worth the read.

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SGS October 20 Meeting

This month, SGS member and professional genealogist Cindy Webb will be the featured speaker on the topic: When Records Come Alive. She will be discussing types of death records, the information they contain, and sources to obtain them. Join us at 3 p.m. in the Bromley Room for the opportunity to gather new information on such valuable resources to your research.

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SGS Picnic Video

At long last, the summer SGS picnic images are now available in a video! View it HERE.
Be sure your audio is turned up! The video runs about 2 minutes.

The September SGS meeting will include a tour by Kevin Mittge of the library’s Siuslaw room to review resources of the genealogy material available there. Join us for this personal update!

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Genealogy Newsworthy

Thanks to all for attending and participating in our summer picnic. The food was great, the grill cooks did a superb job and a special thanks to the Pioneer Museum Heritage Players for providing the enjoyable entertainment of Florence history.

An announcement was made during the picnic for the 90th year anniversary of the Sea Lion Caves. Join the celebration this Friday, August 26th, 5-7 p.m. at the Pioneer Museum. View the special exhibit of the Caves and other historic displays. Festivities with a presentation and assortment of party snacks begin at 5 pm. All are invited to this free public event!


Free Upcoming 2022 Webinars From Legacy Family Tree

Sept 9 – What’s Next When You are Told Those Records Were ‘Burnt Up’
Sept 20 – Abstracting Documents: An Essential Skill for all Genealogists
Oct 7 – When Wrong is Actually Right: Constructing Proof Arguments
Nov 15 – Their Mark Here: Signatures and Marks as Identifying Tools
Dec 20 – French Emigrants: They were Not All Hugenots, or Nobles, or From Alsace-Lorraine

View details and many more free webinars HERE.

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Picnic Reminder and Articles of Interest

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Karen Childs has come across a list (and brief description of Obscure Old English Occupations. View the list HERE.

“Unknown in Life But Recognized in Death”

A 60-year old case has been solved through DNA of a runaway15-year old boy. Danny’s identification represents the oldest case of a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children subject ever solved by genetic genealogy. Read the remarkable story HERE.

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SGS Meeting 7/21

1950 Census

This month’s meeting presentation will be a webinar entitled “Discover the 1950 US. Federal Census” featuring Lindsay Fulton, Vice President of Library and Research Services of American Ancestors/NEHGS. She is a professional genealogist and will discuss what information is provided in the newly released census, how to search the indexed and non-indexed databases, and provide tips on how the 1950 census can help set you on the right track to other records. Download a free, helpful 1950 Census Worksheet HERE.

SGS Membership Renewal Due

Single $20
Family $30

America’s Lost State

Karen Childs shares an article on A Look Back at Franklin, America’s Lost State which is based on Kevin Barksdale’s A Look Back at Franklin, America’s First Secession. Dr. Barksdale is a history professor at Marshall University and writes of how Franklin played a major role in “shaping the frontier in the Western territories”. Although not recognized by Congress as a true state, Franklin nonetheless existed for a brief 4 years in 1786. Today, the area is known as northeast Tennessee.

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SGS Picnic, Who Do You Think You Are Series

Be sure to sign up your potluck dish at the July 21st SGS meeting!


Who do You Think You Are Series Returns Sunday, July 10th
The television show traces the family trees of celebrities to learn stories of their ancestors through the help of historians, genealogists, and other experts. They visit locations throughout the United States and other parts of the world for new discoveries about their genealogy. Some even have the opportunity to meet relatives they never knew they had. View a preview HERE.

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