Halloween Costumes, Witches and Story

From the History.com site, Merilee Mulvey shares a post (with pictures) on the best costumes inspired by history. View it HERE.

With many of her family members from Massachusetts, Sally Daugherty discovered an article from the History of Massachusetts site, which may be of interest to others researching that area – The Salem Witch Trials Victims: Who Were They? The article states that “according to various sources, over 200 people were accused of witchcraft during the Trials”.  It provides an almost complete list of persons arrested, found guilty, found guilty and pardoned, escaped from prison, never indicted, and evaded arrest for witchcraft.  Read the full article HERE.

Dianne Carlson shares the following from the book A Small Fiction by James Mark Miller (@ASmallFiction).

“Do you have a magic spell to
return someone to life?” she said.
“No,” the witch said, “I’m Sorry.”

“Why don’t you tell me about them”?
“Will that bring them back?”
“For us. For a little while.  Stories
are a different kind of magic.”

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Genealogy Articles and Tips

Ancestry.com Associations
Debbie Wright recently saw a YouTube video on how to attach a non-relative to an Ancestry.com page.  The idea is that these FAN club people (friends, associates and neighbors), or “cluster genealogy” may prove helpful in discovering additional information on your ancestors. Genealogist Constance Knox, of Genealogy TV, shows you a method for attaching Non-Family members.  View the YouTube video HERE.

The Saga of the 1890 Census
Mike Allen came across an interesting article from the Fishwrap blog on the twice fire damaged census records.  Read the article HERE.

The Calendar Way Back When
Merilee Mulvey shares a post from Dick Eastman’s genealogy newsletter which describes the ‘not so simple’ evolution of the calendar.  Read the post HERE.

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Ancestry has released AncestryHealth, their new service is “designed to help customers determine whether they have predispositions for certain diseases and disorders”. AncestryHealth Core aims to provide health and wellness reports based on your DNA samples. The Core service is $149 or $49 for Ancestry DNA members.  Read the USAToday article HERE.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. Informational recruiting sessions are being scheduled.  Positions begin in the Spring of 2020. Get more info HERE.

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SGS October 16th Meeting

This week’s SGS meeting features genealogy shorts – Is There a Witch in Your Family Tree?  The presentations will cover the history of witchcraft, whether you’d be considered a witch in 1692, Puritan beliefs, witch hunts, and witchcraft trials in the colonies. Join us for an evening with a bewitchingly interesting topic!

Wednesday, October 16th
Siuslaw Public Library
Bromley Room, 7 p.m.
The public is invited!

An SGS members’ meeting will follow the presentation.

Ancestry Announces AncestryHealth
AncestryHealth is new service that promises to help you make decisions about your health with the use of your DNA information. Coming soon, stay tuned for more information.

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A Witch in Your Family Tree?

Could there be a witch in your family tree? Perhaps one of your ancestors lived during a time and location where ‘witch trials’ took place. The Oct. 16th  SGS meeting will feature presentations by Mary Gill, Sally Daugherty and Karen Childs who will share the history of witchcraft and their family connections to it. ‘If you have ancestry from early Essex County, MA, you have an excellent chance of finding a connection to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692”. Join us for what promises to be an interesting, if not bewitching evening!

Technology Innovations for the 2020 Census
As the U.S. Census Bureau readies itself for smartphones and online census responses, security procedures are in place for collecting and “safeguarding information about every person living in the United States”.  Read the full article HERE.

Genealogy Classes at the  Library
Three genealogy classes are being offered at the library for beginners to family history research or for those interested in a review course.  Classes are taught by Kevin Mittge, Adult Services Librarian and Professional Genealogist.
The class schedule is :
– Beginning Your Family History Search – Thursday, Oct 17; 1 – 2:30 pm
– Finding and Using Records – Thursday, Oct. 31; 1 – 2:30 pm
– DNA Basics – Thursday, Nov. 14 ; 1 – 2:30 pm

Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up at the library’s Reference Desk or call 541-997-3132.

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Of Genealogy Interest

Now that’s a family photo!

Members of six living generations of the Ren family from eastern China, came together to mark the completion of their family tree.  The group was so large (500+) a drone was used to photograph everyone.  Read the CNA, China News Service story HERE.

In recent years, DNA databases have come to be a valuable tool for law enforcement in solving criminal cases.  Member Debby Wright informs us that a new Dept. of Justice policy will now limit the use of the databases by law enforcement in order to address the concerns of public safety and privacy.  Read the full article from Science Magazine HERE.

Member Merilee Mulvey is looking forward to a new NBC series (by Ancestry) called A New Leaf starting October 5th. The show promises to be a journey of personal discovery, featuring stories of families as they “learn the importance of appreciating and understanding family history in order to make important life decisions.  View a preview HERE.

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Research Opportunities at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

During the Sept. 18th meeting, SGS members were treated to a wonderful presentation by the John Quay Heritage Players who portrayed Siuslaw pioneer families. They re-enacted scenes of historical events and life of early settlers.

In addition, the Kyle Research Library staff and volunteers described the files and resources available for research, which may be of particular interest to genealogist.  The staff created an index of Siuslaw pioneer families as a helpful research tool.  The index is available in the museum’s library, however if you are interested in obtaining the index to review on your own computer, submit a request to SGS HERE. The spreadsheet file will be emailed to you.  The index will continue to be updated as more information becomes available to the museum. As such, visit the museum library for the most up-to-date version.

Vertical Graveyards
Short on space, Hong Kong has resorted to vertical gravesites on hillsides.  View the photos and article from the MyModernMe site HERE. On his blog, Dick Eastman also described this practice HERE


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