SGS Webinar Presentation

Special thanks to Merilee Mulvey and the New England Historic Genealogical Society for providing screenshots of last week’s webinar on City and Rural Directories.  View it HERE

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SGS Feb 21st Meeting

PROGRAM – February 21, 2018; 7:00 p.m.; Bromley Room
“City and Rural Directories: More than Just Names” is a webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society with Rhonda McClure.

“City and rural directories can be incredibly useful resources for genealogists. They can help you pinpoint a time and place for ancestors on the move, offer occupational information, and even help give clues to death and marriage dates. Join Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure to learn how these resources were created, what information is generally provided, where to locate these sources online or in print, and how to use these records effectively in your family history research.”

Public is invited.
Membership meeting immediately follows.


Salt Lake City – February 28 thru March 3
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Unable to attend RootsTech 2018 in person this year? We’ll miss you! But don’t worry—many of the sights and sounds and learnings from the conference will be streamed live on our home page! Join us starting on Wednesday, February 28 at 9:30 a.m. MDT to hear from popular speakers such as Amy Johnson Crow, Jim Brewster, Curt Witcher, and more! General sessions featuring keynote speakers will also be streamed. Join the conversation happening on social media using #NotAtRootsTech. 

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Of Genealogy Interest

Family Photo Discovered on EBay
An incredible revelation from Dick Eastman’s Genealogy blog – You Never Know What You Will Find on eBay!  Read the full story HERE.

Member Jo Ann Garlington shares another link from Dick Eastman’s blog – ‘Sweet Home Genealogical Society Seeks Help Identifying Hundreds of Photos’.  The Society hopes to identify donated family photos, and Lebanon photographer John Eggen’s collection of places and residents from the Lebanon, Sweet Home and surrounding areas.  If you’re interested in helping out, details can be found HERE.

President Mike Allen says ‘it’s time to get your family tree in order’!  View more HERE.

Vice President Jacquie Beveridge announces a free webinar from the Southern California Genealogical Society –  The Scots-Irish Migration to North America; March 10th; from
10 – 11:30 a.m.  ”Many Americans can trace their ancestry back to the British Isles. Some have even heard that their background was “Scotch-Irish”. We will focus on who these people were and where they came from in the British Isles. “  View registration information HERE.

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Finding Family Search Unindexed Records

SGS member Debby Wright shares a link to a video on how to “Find Elusive Records” on  The presentation demonstrates how to discover the unindexed records you may be searching for.  View the it HERE.

Members Comment on the Living Voices Performance

Judy Thibault:
“I was so impressed with this presentation!! The Living Voices presentation was very good, history in action. Great combination of live acting and media.  The presenter was such a great actress!”

Debby Wright:
“Very interesting!  I love historical memoirs and fiction.  It makes history much easier to learn. By knowing how strong our ancestors were, we know how strong we can be.”

Mike Allen:
“Pat and I thoroughly enjoyed the Living Voices performance, particularly because we could relate the experiences portrayed to those of our ancestors, who immigrated to America during the same time period. It was a very emotional experience. I am hopeful we can have another Living Voices performance next year.”

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Living Voices – A Great Event

Rachael Atkins did a superb performance at the Living Voices event this afternoon.  It was enjoyable to witness her storytelling with video and theatrical performance!

Special thanks to SGS member Pat Rongey for arranging accommodations for Ms. Atkins.

Member Marilee Mulvey shares a link (courtesy Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter) to a reverse genome project of a man who ‘has been dead since 1827’.  Scientists have ‘managed to reconstruct part of his genome from 182 of his descendants, even though his remains have long since been lost.’  View the article HERE.

Ireland Trip
President Mike Allen announces an upcoming Fall trip to Ireland (Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, 2018) by Lane Community College (LCC) through Collette Tours. There will be a travel presentation on Friday, Feb. 2nd, 1:00 p.m. at the college in Florence.  Mike also has brochures and trip details.   Additional information is also available HERE.

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SGS Monthly Meeting Jan 17

The January 17th SGS meeting features a Genealogy Shorts presentation with a focus on the Great Depression.  Members Sally Daugherty, Brenda Gilmer, and Debra Wright will be presenting.

SGS January 17th Meeting
Siuslaw Library, Bromley Room
7 p.m.

The public is invited!


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Of Genealogical Interest

Vice President Jacquie Beveridge shares news of a free webinar on Wednesday, 2/21 at
6 p.m. The Southern California Genealogical Society’s presentation features Thomas MacEntee on ‘Navigating the Seven C’s of Genealogy’.  Register HERE.

The Presentation:
“Do genealogy “resolutions” really work? How about setting genealogy “goals” or “themes” instead? I’ve developed a list of seven “themes” to guide me this year and hopefully I can institute these as general “rules to do genealogy by” over the next few years. I think the themes cover most areas of concern for every family historian, whether you’ve been at this for some time or you are just starting.”

A Good Local Read
Member Pat Rongey recently discovered the book ‘Westlake Girl’ by Frieda Wampler (printed 2016) with a chapter on our local Florence area.  The book can be located in the library’s Siuslaw Room on the west wall, in the top right area.

Living Voices – Jan. 28th; 2 p.m.; Bromley Room

DNA Seminar – April 14th; FEC; Registration Form and FAQ
Seminar Gift Basket – Marilee Mulvey accepting items now!


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