Passing the Gavel

Dianne Carlton has officially accepted the gavel as SGS President for the 2019 – 2020 term. Pat has a strong interest in genealogy and is a welcomed addition to our slate of officers: Merilee Mulvey, Treasurer and Debby Wright, Secretary.  Many thanks to Mike Allen for his leadership role these past two years!

~ 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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Genealogy News

Google Workshop – July 17th, Lane Community College in Florence
Mike Allen calls your attention to a free workshop – Get Productive w/Google’s Digital Tools.  Coffee will be served at 8:30 a.m., then the free, livestream workshop, is scheduled for 9 – 10 a.m.  RSVP is required.  Register HERE.  Check in at the front reception desk in the main (south) building.

Rags to Riches (as in $60 Million) Through DNA
In Cornwall, England, a British aristocrat died and was thought to have no heir to his $60 million estate, until a DNA test proved otherwise.  The story appeared in a recent Human Interest article.  Read the full story HERE.

July Events at Jacksonville Cemetery
Jacquie Beveridge shares the following information:
Tuesday Evening Cemetery Stroll on July 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. will focus on Cemetery Symbolism, Art Form with a Meaning. Learn what all these various symbols that appear on the headstones and monuments mean and what messages are being passed on to us.

History Saturday in the Cemetery  program on July 13 at 10:00 a.m. will be about the Veterans of the Civil War and include Poetry from the Era. The program will take a look back at Civil War and why it mattered and some of the aftermath of that terrible war. They will also talk about the impact the war had on Southern Oregon. Poetry and a letter home from a Civil War soldier will be a part of the program.

Both of these programs/tours are free and no advance reservations are required. They suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Donations to support the work of the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery are always appreciated. Parking available at the top of the Cemetery Road.

On Saturday, July 20 at 9:00 a.m. is Marker Cleaning Workshop and is open to anyone interested in learning how to properly and safely clean headstones and monuments. All supplies and tools provided for the workshop. Dress for the project as you will get a little wet. They suggest comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen and perhaps a stool to site on while working. Meet at the top of the Cemetery Road by the buildings located inside the traffic circle.

Visit their website for more information HERE.

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Genealogy News – Opt-in or Not?
GEDMatch has instituted a change of policy regarding use by law enforcement of their site.  The change is a result of the recent use of genetic genealogy to solve (or provide leads to solving) cases of violent crimes.  Is yours among the more than 1.2 million DNA kits that have been uploaded?  After signing in to the site, users will be presented with the change of policy terms. Select opt-in to make your uploaded information available for use to law enforcement.  A highly informative CNN article by Eric Levenson addresses the issues HERE.

Merilee Mulvey credits an article from Dick Eastman’s genealogy newsletter that may be of interest to members with ancestors who migrated to Australia.  It describes an Australian Joint Copying Project under way through their National Library of Australia, making new content available – free. Read more HERE.

Sally Daugherty shares a poem she recently wrote in honor of her father’s birthday. (Stanley L. Chisholm 1895 – 1983)

The recent SGS meeting presentation by Meta Steele on Following Their Footsteps inspired Sally to complete another poem she had been working on.  View it HERE.


AUGUST 21 – SGS SUMMER PICNIC . . . Think Italian!

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