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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SGS June 16 Meeting

This month’s presentation will feature a webinar on “Binder Basics” presented by Lillian Wingate. Ms. Wingate is the Regional Genealogy & Local History Coordinator at Statesboro-Bulloch County Library in Statesboro, Georgia. She will demonstrate organization methods (do’s and don’ts) for family history binders. She’ll also cover valuable tips for safe-keeping documents for ourselves as well as for future generations. Whether you’ve been putting it off or just need a little help to get started, getting better organized is well worth the effort! Join us for this beneficial webinar!

The presentation will be followed by a members monthly meeting.

Merilee Mulvey shares a link to 5 Common Genealogy Errors (and How to Avoid Them), an article by Andrew Koch. While there are programs with tools to help error-proof your genealogy, this FamilyTree article focuses on 5 common genealogy errors and issues to look at on how to prevent possibly wasting your valuable research time.

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Photo Research Tools to Discover

Ancestry.com’s New Photo Feature

SGS member Debby Wright shares a link to viewAncestry.com’s new photo feature. The feature allows you to scan, crop and import images directly into your Ancestry media gallery account using a smartphone. Scan multiple images, as well.  Available on IOS and Android devices. Check out the video for more details.

Determine Age of a Photo

Member Pat Rongey recently discovered Lisa Lisson’s (lisalisson.com) article from the Are You My Cousin? website which provides a step by step method to help you narrow down a possible date for old photographs from the 1800’s to early 1900’s. The article walks you through clues from hair style, type of photograph (tintype, ambrotype, etc.), fashion and more. Ms. Lisson is a passionate genealogist eager to share her knowledge and experience.

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1950 Census Release Anticipation

With the release of the 1950 Census on April 1, Robert Santos, U.S. Census Bureau Director and the National Archives and Records Administration will host a virtual event that same morning at 7 am PST. Join the April 1 event HERE.

In preparation, a pre-recorded webinar providing an overview of the Census Records – what to expect, 1950 statistics, historical context and more can be viewed HERE (about 34 minutes).

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Of Genealogical News

The Search Party Hands-On Workshop (TSPM)
March 28 – April 1, 2022

This workshop promises to make your genealogy research more productive, and easier by focusing on an organized and step-by-step approach to your research. Workshop includes five1-hour daily coaching sessions, featuring Crista Cowan (The Barefoot Genealogist), Diahan Southard (YourDNAGuide), and Janet Hovorka (FamilyChartmasters), with a live Q & A. Cost is $20. Recordings of each session will also be available for several days if you miss a session or need a refresher. For complete details and registration information click HERE.

New York City Releases 9.3 Million Vital Records (Free)

The city’s Department of Records & Information Services has launched a new online vital records project allowing visitor access to records of birth (1866-1909), death (1862-1948), and marriage (1866-1949). High-quality copies can be dowloaded and printed from the site at no charge. View the records HERE.

Who’s the Grandest of them All?

The largest family tree (nearly 27 million ancestors) has been created by the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute. The result is said to model the history that generated all the genetic variations found in humans today. Read the article HERE.

SGS Library Researchers Pat Rongey and Debby Wright will resume genealogy assistance in the library’s Siuslaw Room starting April 2nd. Days are Tuesday (1-3) and Saturday (noon – 2 p.m.).

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