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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SGS June 19th Meeting

June 19, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Genealogy Room (in the library)

The evening’s program will be a presentation by Meta Ann Steele, DAR entitled ‘Walking in Their Footsteps’. ““Each family I will talk about tells a unique story, i.e., Missouri led me to join DAR, Illinois led me to an ongoing life story, and Kentucky led me to a cultural experience.” She will be discussing the genealogical clues engraved in headstones, and how they can be of great value to your research.

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Of Genealogical Interest

Member Karen Childs informs us of the soon to be merge of two American Revolutionary libraries.  The David Library of Washington Crossing, PA houses 10,000 microfilm reels and about 1 million documents related to the American Revolution.  At year’s end, the library will be relocating from its current location to join the American Philosophical Society (APS) near Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  The APS “has amassed its own historical collection, focusing on the Revolutionary era, science and medical history, and Native American Languages”.  Read the full article HERE.

DNA Test Kit Sales This Weekend (Offer ends 6/17)
Most major genetic genealogy vendors are having sales!
FamilyTreeDNA ($59)
MyHeritage ($69)
AncestryDNA ($59)
23andMe ($99)

Who’s Got Your Name?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the most popular surnames have been the same for the 1990, 2000, and 2010 census.  In order of frequency:  Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown and Jones.  View more names and frequency HERE. Scroll to bottom of article to download spreadsheet of top 1,000 names.

SGS June 19th Meeting
7 P.M.; Siuslaw Room (in the library)

‘Walking in Their Footsteps’
Meta Ann Steele, DAR

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June 19th Meeting

This month’s SGS meeting features  Meta Ann Steele of the Coos Bay DAR with a presentation entitled “Walking in Their Footsteps in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky”.  She will speak about visiting ancestor’s graves to honor them and help their stories live on.   Join us as she describes her journey.

Siuslaw Genealogical Society Meeting
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. 
Siuslaw Library
Siuslaw Genealogy Room

Public is invited!!

A members meeting will follow the presentation with an election of officers for the 2019-2020 term.  Members – please plan to attend!

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Remembering Jo Ann

It is with sadness that we report the recent passing of SGS member Jo Ann Garlington.
Jo Ann was an avid family researcher, served in the military and was stationed in Japan for several years before returning to the United States.

National Geographic’s Genographic Project began in 2005, and since then, nearly 1 million people have obtained results with Geno DNA kits. According to their site, “the participation phase of this research project is ending and, as a result, effective May 31, 2019 Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry kits are no longer available for purchase.” Already purchased kits can still be submitted for processing, however test results will only be accessible at their site until December 31, 2020.  Read the full details HERE.

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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.

Membership dues are due!

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