Genealogy Update

Mirror Trick for Viewing Gravestones
Debby Wright shares a great video by a gravestone carver who reveals methods of non-destructively ‘moving sunlight’ for a better view and picture opportunity of dark, decaying gravestones.  Well worth viewing – click HERE.

Confederates Who Moved to Brazil
Merilee Mulvey read an article from the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter that describes Americana, a small city in Brazil settled by Confederates following the Civil War. Descendants of the original settlers still reside there. An interesting read if you’ve been searching for family members not appearing in public records during that time.  Read the article HERE.

SGS Summer Picnic Cancelled

Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the annual picnic has been cancelled.

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Genealogy News

U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules
The importance of mortality data?  These records could help your research with proving/disproving a relationship, or provide an explanation for a descendant’s death. Census information included name, sex, age, color, widowed or not, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death.  The schedules are not available for all states and years. The Enumerators for these census data were asked to record information of individuals who died in the year immediately preceding the census.  SGS member Merilee Mulvey shares an article from Dick Eastman’s Genealogy Newsletter which describes how mortality schedules can benefit your family research.

Census 2020 Update
90,000,000 (and counting) households nationwide have responded to the 2020 Census.

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum Schedule
SGS member Pat Rongey reminds everyone the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum will be open on July 4th & 5th and July 11th & 12th from 12-4 pm.  Corona virus safety measures have been implemented. Visitors are encouraged to bring and wear masks, practice safe distancing and use available hand sanitizers.  The Museum Research Library is available by appointment only until further notice.  The Museum staff will re-assess the opening procedures after this limited opening to determine whether it will resume regular everyday hours.  For more information or to contact the research library, call 541-997-7884 and leave a message.

 

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Family Roots Classes and Oregon Marriage Returns

Jacquie Beveridge shares news of 1) free classes from Family Roots Adventure and 2) info on Oregon Marriage Returns.  Normally an annual two-day family history event the Family Roots classes are now available at no cost on YouTube.  View the classes HERE.  Also, in a joint project, Oregon State Archives and Ancestry.com have made available marriage returns for the years 1906 – 1910 and 1946-1966.  “Probably the most unique (and perhaps useful) information on the form is the number of marriages for each individual.  You would be surprised how often people will see that it was the 2nd or 3rd marriage for one of the parties.  Th returns also provide place of birth and nativity for the parents which can provide good information for pursuing additional genealogical information.” Search the records at Ancestry HERE.

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Of Genealogy Interest

Cemetery Visit
Pat Carlson shares an article on “Five Photos You Should Take at the Cemetery”.  View this and it may save you from making a second trip!  Read it HERE.

2020 Census Response Rate
According to the Census Bureau, the census response by mail, phone and online has reached a milestone.  The National response rate = 60.1%. Oregon response rate = 62.9%.
View the data HERE.

Beware, Genealogy Myths
We all love family stories – but hold on . . .  Dick Eastman cautions us to Beware, for not all such stories are true, (yes, even the one’s we hold dear to our hearts). Say it isn’t so!  But wait – Mr. Eastman goes on to offer that “even the stories that are either entirely or part fiction may contain clues to facts.”  Read the article from the Dick Eastman Newsletter HERE and don’t be fooled.

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SGS Announcements


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SGS June and July meetings have been cancelled. Stay tuned for details on the next meeting date.

Memorial Day Weekend Events
Jacquie Beveridge shares a link to the Weekly Genealogist newsletter which includes stories of interest, and research resources. A free webinar on May 22 (today!) features the Story of Highclere Castle (where Downtown Abbey was filmed).  Access the webinar HERE.

Member Pat Miller reminds everyone of the free access to Fold3 through Monday, May 25.  Access the site HERE.

Also, on Tuesday, The Genetic Detective  (featuring genealogist Ce Ce Moore) series premiers on ABC at 10:00 p.m.  Originally scheduled for May 26th, on-line media reports the premier has been re-scheduled for June 2.  Check you local listing, as it is still scheduled on Spectrum for May 26 at 10 p.m.

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Genealogy News

American Ancestor/NEHGS and the Boston Public Library will present a free virtual event featuring a new book, “The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are”. Journalist Libby Copeland will discuss her book and the impact of DNA testing on the American Family.  The event will also include a conversation with Dockser Marcus, a health and science reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Register for this free May 20th, 3:00 p.m. event HERE.

Suggested Readings from Legacy Tree Genealogists
You’re sure to find something of interest in the Legacy Tree Genealogists blog.  A few samples are:
 Finding Humor in Genealogy Documents – (Specifically, Names and Occupations)
 4 Types of Land Records – (A good explanation of Deeds, Land Grants & Patents, Mortgages and Tax Records); Often overlooked, such records can be significant in providing clues to relationships between family members, the location of an ancestor’s farm or house and solve that brick wall issue.
 Connecting the Dots – Genealogical Proof – (When is genealogical proof ‘enough’?)

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Census News

2020 CENSUS UPDATE
79 million households have responded to the 2020 census so far!  The Bureau is staging a ‘Digital Action Weekend: May 1 – 3’.

Use Your Social Media Accounts to Help Spread the Word!

Please help us spread the word about the 2020 Census, and encourage people to respond on their own if they haven’t yet done so:

 Join us during a Digital Action Weekend, May 1-3, 2020. Please use #2020Census and/or #Censo2020 when posting on all of your social platforms. 

Respond to the Census On-Line, by Phone, or Mail.
Importance of Data.
Impact on Community.
Resource Guide

Also, an interesting article by Alec Barrett discusses The Evolution of the American Census.  “What changes each decade, what stays the same, and what do the questions say about American culture and society?”  Even if you think you know all about the census, this read and interactive graphs may enlighten you even more.  View it HERE.

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