SGS News

Thank you to everyone providing assistance with the SGS booth at this year’s Oktoberfest event. In addition to selling cake and nuts, many visitors expressed an interest in learning more about genealogy.



Family History Library Display
Honoring October as Family History month, SGS members Mary Colgan-Bennetts and Merilee Mulvey have put together a nice collection of photographs, heirlooms, and memorabilia with fascinating  family stories.  The collection can be viewed in the library display case and hall gallery through the month of October.

This month’s SGS meeting will feature member Merilee Mulvey with a short presentation on a black sheep ancestor. She will reveal a tale of intrigue, family wealth and murder in Colorado during the 1860’s.
Update:  Mary Gill will follow Merilee with a story of her great-great grandfather ‘who was a multi-bigamist and a pathological liar’.

Other members are encouraged to share their stories of ancestors with mysterious and perhaps, ‘questionable’ character.

Coos Bay Family History Seminar
The Saturday, November 5th event is free, with several interesting topics.  Kevin will be doing a presentation on Overland Trails.  Register online at  Lunch will be provided.

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Oktoberfest – Saturday, 10/1 ~ Florence Event Center
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visit the SGS booth!!
~ German chocolate and chocolate cake, nuts ~

Free Storytelling Workshop
Of interest to genealogists who want to tell their family’s stories!  On Sat., Oct. 22nd, from 2 to 4 PM, Portland Story Theater will be presenting a workshop on the art of storytelling.  In their workshops, they teach “intentional storytelling” where people will learn how to tell stories improvisationally, by being resourceful and using the power of spontaneity. You’ll get a chance to learn about story structure, the power of presence, the differences between writing and telling, and to find the story that you need to tell.  This workshop will give you a taste of that ancient art form in a fast-paced, fun environment.  No pressure – you won’t be asked to perform!  Workshop size is limited to 25 participants, so pre-registration is required.  Please stop by the Reference Desk or call (541) 997-3132 to sign-up.  For those who would just like to listen to storytelling, the Portland Story Theater will be doing a free show at the library that evening at 7 PM.

Preserving Your ‘Stuff’
SGS Member Merilee Mulvey shares a  great website for ordering supplies to protect your precious memorabilia. The company is: GAYLORD ARCHIVAL.  If you’re interested, Merilee will bring in some of her supplies to a monthly SGS meeting and show how she uses their products to store her items.

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SGS September Meeting (9/21)

Join us for a round robin discussion about the genealogy software you use – what you like or don’t like about it, questions about it, and what other programs are available.  It’s sure to be a lively, informative evening!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Siuslaw Public Library
Bromley Room

The public is invited!

The members’ business meeting immediately follows.  View Agenda and Minutes.

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Genealogy News and Events

Family History Month
Do you have a story to display? October is Family History Month and SGS members are invited to share a story of an interesting ancestor in the library’s display case and wall gallery.  This is a chance to showcase a special heirloom or photo with your story. One display item includes a newspaper article of a great Aunt who was born in Ireland, came to New York at a young age, was Miss New York, a champion Black Bottom dancer then went on to become a mother superior of a convent. If you are interested in adding something to the display, send your story (200 words or less) to: Mary Colgan-Bennetts or Merilee Mulvey.

Items of Interest
Member Jacquie Beveridge shares several items of genealogical interest.  The first is a link to a visual timeline of two centuries of immigration.  Click HERE.  Definitely worth a look!

Also of interest is the 50th Heritage Celebration (Sept. 26 – 27) of the Rogue Valley and Jackson County Genealogy Societies. A number of events are planned, featuring Judy G. Russell, AKA the Legal Genealogist. Ms. Russell’s topic for the dinner banquet is: “Blackguards and Black Sheep—The Lighter Side of the Law”.  

“. . .  our ancestors didn’t behave any better back then than we do today,
and the records they left behind documenting their missteps
and misdeeds are among the priceless gems of genealogy.”

Judy Russell will also be presenting 4 lectures: A Genealogist’s Guide to Women & the Law; The Promise & Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing; Using Court Records to tell the Story of our Ancestor’s Lives; Records of Widows & Orphans. For more info and registration, click HERE.
For a listing of their upcoming classes and events, click HERE.

Next SGS meeting is Sept. 21st.



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SGS News

The first meeting for booth volunteers is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the library conference room.  If you want to join us in the SGS booth at this year’s Oktoberfest (Oct. 1 @ the FEC), attend the meeting to find out more and schedule your hours.  This is a great fundraiser for SGS and a lot of fun!

Family Tree DNA Test Kit
Member Jacquie Beveridge shares a link to Family Tree DNA’s Summer Sale – DNA Test Kit $69.  More info HERE.

Member Karen Childs submits this cartoon for genealogists:

 Next SGS meeting – September 21st, featuring a discussion on genealogy software.

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Genealogy News


SGS member Jacquie Beveridge shares a link to the American Ancestors site where all Irish databases are free now thru August 9th.  Read more.

And from SGS member Merilee Mulvey – “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter is still cranking out great websites that are interesting! The latest one is for Canadian headstones research… looks like Canadians have really been working on indexing theirs since 2009 and they are gaining headway everyday.”  View the article about the free, non-profit based website HERE.

Stay tuned for more information about our Oktoberfest booth.  October 1 at the Event Center.

~ No August SGS meeting.  See everyone on September 21st!! ~

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Of Genealogy Interest

Several SGS members share links to recent articles around the web:

Merilee Mulvey points us to a recent post from Eastman’s Online Genealogy website on  Revolutionary War Images and Scouts Earning Genealogy Merit Badges.  The post is about photographs of men who fought in the Revolutionary War, and also mentions ‘book titles and marvelous daguerreotype images of very old men who fought’.  Read more HERE.

She also shares a link from the blog on generating genealogical interest in kids – young people learning about the subject of genealogy and tracing their ancestry in fun ways that makes them more interested in (and aware of) their heritage!  Read more HERE.

Jacquie Beveridge shares an incredible find!  This link is to a recent Register Guard article about the return of a 220 year-old bible to it’s original owner’s family. A very intriguing story.  Read the story HERE.

Find out by viewing Ancestry’s short (usually 15-20 minutes) monthly video on YouTube. This is an informative, quick look at new features and tools of the database to help make your family research easier, and even more fun! Each episode previews what’s been added in the last month and how best to utilize the new features to search and find the information you’re looking for. Upcoming genealogy events are also announced. The July episode can be viewed HERE. For other What’s New . . . episodes just navigate to and enter ‘What’s New at Ancestry’ in the search field.

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