Sept 18 SGS Meeting

The September 18th meeting will feature re-enactments of scenes by the John Quay Heritage Players, portraying early life of settlers.  There will also be presentations by the Museum’s Curator and others describing resources for genealogy research.  The public is invited to attend. The SGS members monthly meeting will then follow the evening presentation.

More on the 2020 Census – AARP
SGS member Pat Rongey shares a link to an AARP article highlighting details of the upcoming census. Between March 12 and 20, most households will receive a postcard invitation to respond online to the 2020 census. Those who don’t answer will receive the census by mail. If there is no household response, census takers will go door to door in an attempt to obtain the household’s data.  

According to the article, “taking the census online is projected to save an estimated $5.2 billion.”  But it isn’t all about the money.

More people are living longer.  “Census data will be used over the coming decade to decide where to place parks, roads and hospitals. It will determine funding for community projects that benefit people of all ages, including mass transit, which helps many people remain in their homes longer. “  Read the article HERE.

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Old Search Resolved

The following is a recent, short success story from one of the SGS Library Researchers, Pat Rongey.

JJ (pseudo name) happened upon the library’s Siuslaw Room one day, after hearing it was a place where “people help a person find their family”. I learned JJ was adopted as an infant and well cared for throughout his life by a couple in Georgia. When we initially met, JJ did not possess his adoption records, but claimed to know his birth date and place of birth. Could I help him, he asked. He also had several documents from his early life, such as baby checkup records (which revealed family health information), and his birth father’s occupation.  After working with JJ, reviewing results of a DNA test, and many hours of research tracing blood lines, we were eventually able to identify his birth family! Most of his blood relatives still reside in Georgia. Although his birth parents are deceased, JJ was able to connect with an adopted brother. During our last conversation, JJ’s final remark to me was, “after all these years, my circle is finally complete. Thanks to the Siuslaw Genealogy Society and our wonderful library.”
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Picnic slideshow available for viewing HERE.

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Free Census Records Collections; Unexpected Inherited Money

Happy Anniversary, Labor Day
Member Pat Miller shares information that this Labor Day weekend is the 125th anniversary of the Labor Day Holiday in the United States and the 127th anniversary of its establishment in Canada.  As such, MyHeritage will be providing free access to 740 million census records – all U.S. and Canadian census records collections.  Take advantage of free access this weekend, from Friday, August 3 through Monday, September 2nd.  To begin searching, click HERE.

Genealogist Locates Heirs to Unexpected Inheritance
Member Merilee Mulvey suggests an article in Eastman’s Genealogy Newsletter may be of interest to those who always thought (or hoped) of one day receiving an inheritance from a long lost relative.  Read this amazing story HERE.

U.S. Census Gets Modernized – Online for the First Time in History
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, most of the 2010 census responses were collected by mail, at a 74% participation rate.  600,000 census takers then went door to door to gather data from households that failed to respond to the census.  The 2020 goal is to have every person – approximately 330 million people in America, take the census online, by phone or mail between mid-March and May.  Read more HERE.

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Genealogy News

Member Karen Childs shares a recent announcement of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) intent to merge and operate as NGS.  “Leaders of both organizations believe this merger will serve the genealogy community by improving support of both individual members and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.”  Read the full announcement HERE.

Ancestry DNA kit sale $59.  Hurry, sale ends Monday. Details HERE.

SGS September 18th meeting to be held at Pioneer Museum, 7 p.m.
In addition to learning about the Museum’s Research Library, the John Quay Heritage Players and volunteer staff will re-enact scenes from the life of early settlers. This is sure to be a fun and interesting event!

The museum also invites everyone to their August 30th StoryTime presentation at 7 pm.  Jesse Beers from the Confederated Tribes will discuss local native American history, customs, and storytelling. 

Thank you to all who attended the SGS Summer Picnic! We enjoyed hearing travel stories and viewing the photo display of Mike and Pat Allen’s trip to Italy, awarded prizes to winners of the trivia and “count the wine corks” contests, sampled the Italian soda bar and indulged ourselves in the many great potluck dishes! 

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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 ~

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Join us at the summer picnic!
August 21, Elks RV Park  4 p.m.

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