This month’s SGS meeting is scheduled for this week Wednesday, November 14th. Kevin Mittge will provide useful tips on DNA match results he learned while attending a recent workshop. He will be focusing on understanding, sorting and using matches. Members with tips and suggestions on match results are encouraged to participate in the discussion.
November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
The public is invited!
NEHGS Free Webinar – Thursday, November 15th; Noon (PST) – 1:00 pm
‘Raising the Dead ‘– “Learn how headstones, family plots and burial documents can shed new light on your ancestor’s life.” Register HERE.
For more details, click HERE.
Genetic Genealogy Solving Crimes
On last Sunday’s television program, 60 Minutes featured a segment on how DNA results are being used to solve crimes. The segment featured professional genealogist Cece Moore. If you missed it or want to view it again, click HERE.
2020 Census Controversy
A recent article in the Washington Post describes the lawsuit filed by a number of states, and civil rights groups seeking to halt the addition of a citizenship question on the census. The states and groups ‘say it will intimidate some from participating and result in [an] inaccurate census’. Six former census directors and a Census Bureau internal analyst have also said the question would ‘harm the count’. The trial is scheduled for Nov. 5 in New York. Read the full article HERE.
SGS Holiday Party: December 19th; 6 p.m. Pot Luck in the Bromley Room
Titanic passenger names to research are still available! If you’d like to participate in this ‘mini-research’ project and haven’t selected a name, the message bottles will be available at the November meeting. A sample research form can be found HERE. Research results will be presented during the party. Join in on the fun!
Pot luck dish sign ups will be taken at next month’s meeting, or send an email to add your dish.
SGS secretary Debby Wright shares a link to an 1880 agricultural census from Perry County, Missouri. Previously only available in hard copy, the Missouri Historical Society and the Missouri State Archives worked together to digitize the records. The names of 633 people were recovered. Read the article HERE.
Jacquie Beveridge shares a link to an article on the World War I Centennial site of ‘Stories of Service and family relationships of those who served in WWI’. View it HERE.
Memento from the Past
A recent post from Dick Eastman’s blog describes the discovery of an 80 year old note found in a glass bottle at a Delaware County bridge (Albany, Indiana). Construction workers discovered it lodged within a cement pillar. The note listed 17 names of the last crew who worked on the bridge between 1938 to 1939. The note is now posted on the town’s website asking family members of the workers listed to submit photographs, memories and comments in order for the town to honor and recognize the crew. Read the newspaper article HERE.
The Brick Walls Q & A video by Crista Cowan was well received by those in attendance at last night’s SGS meeting. To view that video again (or for those who missed it), click HERE. Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist has numerous informative YouTube videos on an array of genealogy topics with valuable tips to help you in your research. View her other YouTube videos HERE.
Vice President Jacquie Beveridge has compiled the following links to brick wall resources:
Treasurer Merilee Mulvey shares a link to another video on Brick Walls from Crista Cowan HERE and a link to her posts on Ancestry.com HERE.
Family Discovery Day – November 3rd, Coos Bay Family History Center, 10 am – 3 p.m.
This is a free event featuring classes, displays, and activities, including DNA, stories, journaling and more!
October 17th Meeting
The evening’s presentation will be the video, Brick Walls Q & A by Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist. In addition, the “Brick Wall” depository created by Sherri Spencer will be introduced, followed by a discussion on brick wall research – What do you know? Why do you know it? What do you want to learn? This topic aims at helping you craft a research plan.
October 17 at 7:00 p.m.
The public is invited!
For those who missed the last SGS meeting or those interested in reviewing the webinar on ‘Tips for Breaking Down Brick walls Before 1837’, the video is available on YouTube HERE. Else Churchill of the Society of Genealogists ‘shows how to overcome family history hurdles in the years before government registration was introduced’.
Mike Allen suggests a good resource for a list of Irish genealogy sites can be found HERE.
From the IrishCentral site, is an article entitled ‘Genealogy goldmine Church of Ireland Parish Registers to go Online. View it HERE.
As a reminder, Mike Allen is also teaching two genealogy classes at Lane Community College. The basic course began October 1, and the advanced class starts on October 29th. For registration details, click HERE.
This month’s SGS meeting will feature a video on ‘How to Break Down Brick Walls Before 1837’. This may provide an informative look at how to resolve those issues you’ve been trying to resolve.
September 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The public is invited!
Ancestry DNA Ethnicity Estimate Update
No additional test or cost is required. If you already have an Ancestry DNA test result(s) the new estimate feature is available for viewing now. For a limited time, you can even compare your old and new results. The enhanced ethnicity estimate is included with new Ancestry DNA test results as well. To see for yourself, log on to your Ancestry account, click on DNA Story, then view your updated estimate.
Roberta Estes provides a thorough explanation of the update on her DNAeXplained site. Read her post HERE. Ancestry’s Barry Starr walks you through the update in a video HERE.