German Parish Records

The June SGS meeting features a webinar with Careen Valentine, an international research specialist at the Family History Library.  Her presentation focuses specifically on using Kevan Hansen’s Map Guide to German Parish Registers to find the Lutheran or Catholic parish for a given town, determine whether or not the Family History Library has records for a parish, and which parishes should be included in an area search.  If you are researching German records, this webinar should be of particular interest as the Siuslaw Public Library owns all of the German parish map guides.

June 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library
Bromley Room
The public is invited!

A member business meeting will follow the evening’s presentation.

Switched at Birth
President Mike Allen shares a link to a story uncovered through DNA testing, of 2 women switched at birth 72 years ago.  View it HERE.

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SGS News

Family Tree Maker Tip
SGS library researcher Pat Rongey suggests changing the Index sort to obtain the results you’re looking for in Family Tree searches. By default, the index displays people in your tree sorted by Family, then Given Name.  To change the search criteria, click the down arrow in the Sort field and select Birth Date, Marriage Date, or Death Date.  Pat recommends using ‘Birth Date’ to check for duplicate entries. For any questions, contact Pat either by email or on Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the library’s Genealogy room.


SGS German Summer Picnic – August 15, 4 p.m.
Elks RV Park (Mercer Lake Rd)
Potluck – (menu signups at June SGS meeting)


Next SGS Meeting is June 20th. 7 p.m., Bromley Room. The presentation will feature a webinar on German ancestry research.


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SCGS Genetic Jamboree

Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2018 Genetic Jamboree
May 31, June 1 – 2
Los Angeles

Attend via live streaming – details HERE.

Irish Genealogy Questions Answered – While at the SCGS Jamboree, Legacy Tree Genealogist will be hosting a free virtual Q & A on their Facebook page.  Submit your Irish genealogy questions HERE then join the Q & A on Thursday, 5/31 at 6:30 p.m. for answers from Irish genealogy expert Kate Eakman.

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SGS May 16th Monthly Meeting

The May monthly meeting will feature a video and a discussion on haplogroups.  

May 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library
Bromley Room

The public is invited!

A member business meeting will follow the evening’s presentation. 


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DNA Project, 2020 Census News

All of Us Initiative
Member Brenda Gilmer shares a link to a National Institutes of Health project that ‘hopes to give more accurate data about the overall population and fix a long-time discrepancy that has real health impacts”.  Read the full article HERE.  “Volunteers will be asked to donate their DNA, complete health surveys and wear fitness and blood pressure trackers to offer clues about the interplay of their stats, their genetics and their environment.”

2020 Census – Citizenship Question
Mike Allen informs us of the ‘Every Person Counts Act’.  The bill, S.2580 is authored by Senator Menendez (D-NJ).  Read the article from the Dick Eastman’s blog HERE.

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Genealogy News

Member Kevin Mittge shares:
“The announcement that the Golden State Killer was possibly identified through the use of genealogical DNA databases have people thrilled but also unsettled about the legal, ethical, and moral issues involved.  The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, has a really well-written, well-thought out, blog post about the issues around this and her thoughts.” Read the full article:  The Bull in the DNA China Shop.

Vice President Jacquie Beveridge reminds everyone of the May 21st new season of Who Do You Think You Are.  Read more HERE.

The May 16th SGS meeting will be a discussion of halo groups, and possibly a National Geographic video.

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Of Genealogy Interest

Mike Allen shares a link on how DNA from an old murder case was matched first to relatives of the murderer, then to the murderer himself.  Read the full story HERE.

Upcoming Genealogy Classes:  Kevin Mittge will be teaching two ‘Finding Your Roots’ classes on May 11 (1 – 3 p.m.) and May 25 (1 – 3 p.m.).  The free introductory family history classes will be at the library and are limited to 10 participants.  Register at the library’s reference desk, or call (541) 997-3132.

DNA Seminar Images Courtesy of Dale Barnett:

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