Free Access
Member Pat Miller shares a tip that is allowing free access to browse military records this Memorial Day weekend.  Access is free until Tuesday.

Homestead Act
recent article from the Legal Genealogist site acknowledges the 157th birthday of the Homestead Act of 1862.  Land acquired under the Homestead Act began the transfer of public land from the federal government to private hands. The act was repealed in 1976, but by then 270 million acres had been  acquired.  If eligible, up to 160 acres of land could be had for $18!  Such land records may include naturalization, marriage, and birth information, in addition to land description, improvements, etc. Did your ancestor acquire land under the Homestead Act? Read the post HERE and follow the links to learn more.

Early Census Controversy
Member Merilee Mulvey viewed a recent article from the New England Historical Society’s site that reveals in 1840 census workers were tasked with identifying the number of people with mental disabilities.  “Of the more than 17 million people counted in the 1840 census, 17,456 were listed as ‘insane and idiots’.” This statistic was later “debunked”.  Read the full post HERE.

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May 15 Meeting – Purple Heart Presentation

Siuslaw Genealogical Society Meeting
May 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library, Bromley Room

Public is invited!!

This month’s program features a presentation by SGS members Merilee Mulvey and Mary Gill on the history and notable recipients of the Purple Heart medal.  The medal is awarded to “members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.  It is specifically a combat decoration.”  Mary Gill will share a story of her ancestor recipient and his genealogical background.

Mike Allen shares an interesting article from the Washington Post on the use of Facebook as a means to preserve our histories.  Read more HERE.

Also on the topic of Facebook – The New Facebook Genealogy Squad
“The group will focus on answering questions and solving problems, while demonstrating best practices with all aspects of genealogical research.” Administrators include genealogy notables such as Blaine Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle (Cindy’s List) and Drew Smith (host of Genealogy Connection podcast).  Read more about the Squad HERE.  Once at the site, click ‘Request to Join’. You will be prompted with 2 questions regarding your genealogy interest.  An administrator will respond.

During a prior SGS program, Jacquie Beveridge did a presentation on the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and their endeavors to record information of interest to genealogist.  As an update, she indicates “thanks to a generous gift from Colorado Daughters, the DAR Library has embarked on an effort to identify and digitize genealogically relevant reports produced by the WPA in the 1930s and 40s to be added to the Library’s digital resources”.  Navigate to the DAR Library site HERE.


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Lineage Society Resources

The presentation (4/17) by Jacquie Beveridge on Lineage Societies was an informative one, revealing many new resources to utilize for our research. There was good participation by those present, and an interest for resource links.  As such, Jacquie has made the following documents and video available.
Lineage Society Resources
Video on Using the Worksheet

Other News
Family Search has added an index of Oregon World War I veteran state aid applications. The card index for 1921 – 1938 includes name, place of enlistment, DOB, name of nearest relative, and much more.  View the search tool HERE.

A recent article from, entitled ‘The Future of Crime Fighting is Family Tree Forensics may be of interest to the genetic genealogist. The article features work done by ‘citizen scientist’ Barbara Rae-Venter and genealogist Ce Ce Moore.  Read it HERE.


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SGS April 17th Meeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Bromley Room
7:00 p.m.

Public is invited!

The featured presentation will be on Lineage Societies by Jacquie Beveridge.  A refreshment break will follow the presentation prior to a members’ business meeting.

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Lineage Societies, DNA Evidence, New Facebook Tool

Vice President Jacquie Beverage will inform us about lineage societies and how to join one (or more) at the next SGS meeting on April 17th.  The categories of lineage societies include Military, Pioneer and First Families, and Occupational lineage societies.  Jacquie will reveal some of the privileges of such lineage membership as well as the benefit of connecting with other family historians who have similar research interests. Join us to learn more!

DNA AS EVIDENCE . . . Wait a Second, Not so Fast – Is it Reliable?
While we’re hearing more instances of crimes being solved through the use of DNA genealogy, DNA has also been utilized to exonerate individuals convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.  Read more from the Lake County News Chronicle HERE.

FACEBOOK’S NEW TOOL (To Memorialize Loved Ones)
President Mike Allen is spreading the word of a new feature of Facebook (“FB”).  In response to user feedback, FB is using artificial intelligence to make changes to profiles of deceased users to eliminate those profiles from appearing “in places that might cause distress.” For example, these automated changes will prevent invitations or reminders from being sent to that user.

In addition, FB is also ‘creating a separate section on profiles of the deceased that will be dedicated to tributes. By clicking on different tabs, users will be able to switch between the deceased person’s preserved, original timeline and a second feed where others have left memories, photos or other posts in remembrance.’  According to FB, more than 30 million people have already viewed memorialized profiles.  Read the article which appeared on the NBC News website HERE.

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In Memory Of Jim Barrett

Former Vice President and long time SGS member Jim Barrett passed away March 5, 2019.  In his youth, Jim contracted tuberculosis and spent a number of years at a California sanitarium until he successfully overcame the infection while part of a patient antibiotic test group.  He went on to become an avid swimmer to boost his health. He credited his mother’s family stories as the beginning of his interest in genealogy.  Read his March, 2015 Feature Story from this website HERE.

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SGS March 20 Meeting

The March 20th Sisuslaw Genealogical Society meeting will include two webinars for the evening program: Ancestry DNA: How It Can Help with Genealogy Brick Walls; and “10 Top Tips for How to Bust Through Your Genealogy Brick Wall.

March 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library
Bromley Room
The public is invited!

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