DNA Quest – MyHeritage Project for Adoptees

MyHeritage is providing DNA kits to help eligible adoptees reunite with their birth families.  If you are an adoptee and unable to afford genetic testing, click HERE to apply and see if you qualify.  Hurry, deadline is April 30, 2018.

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DNA Test Kit Savings

In celebration of National DNA day (April 25th), special reduced pricing on DNA test kits are being offered by Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA (All of its tests), MyHeritageDNA, 23andMe and LivingDNA.  Ending date on this offer varies by company.  Read the full article from The Legal Genealogist blog HERE.

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April 18th SGS Meeting

he April meeting will feature an open discussion of the recent DNA seminar.  This will provide an ideal opportunity to share what we learned,  ask questions, and discuss possible future speakers or events.


April 18, 2018
Siuslaw Public Library
Bromley Room, 7 p.m.
~ Public is invited ~
Regular member business meeting follows the discussion.

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Genealogy News

Member Merilee Mulvey shares a link to look up Meritorious Service Medal recipients from WWI in England.  Read the article from Dick Eastman’s blog post HERE.

As a follow up to the discussion at our last SGS meeting on biological siblings with different DNA ancestry results, member Debby Wright suggests a link to the National Geographic site.  View the full article HERE.

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Links from Speaker Presentations

The  speakers at the March 21 SGS meeting provided great presentations for recording family history with video and audio.  The resources they utilized and recommend are:

Jacquie Beveridge




Debby Wright, Pat Rongey


“Your Life and Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape – an Oral History Handbook” by Stephen and Julia Arthur, copyright 1986

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Capturing Life Stories

he March 21st SGS meeting presentation features Jacquie Beveridge, Pat Rongey and Debby Wright.  They will be demonstrating Apps and Videos for recording your family history.

Some things have to be seen to be believed!  Before it’s too late… YOU can record your family history, or at least the part you and another family member know, with user-friendly apps and modern technology.  Jacquie Beveridge will share tips on how she and her husband recorded his parents’ stories twenty years ago…as well as a few things they wish they’d done differently.  A handout with useful websites and tips will be available.

Debby Wright and Pat Rongey will be demonstrating how to preserve your life story on video.  These video CDs can be shared or converted to book form.  Pat’s “lifesaver video” technique has appeared in the Portland Oregonian and the Bend Bulletin.”  For this demonstration Debby Wright will be playing the part of her maternal grandmother Hester Lowe, whose parents came to Oregon from Kansas in 1890.  Debby has been painstakingly putting together grandmother Hester’s story.  She has interviewed relatives, viewed photos, and censuses.  Debby has also researched the photographers times and place of business.

Join us for this fascinating presentation!

March 21, 2018
Siuslaw Public Library
Bromley Room, 7 p.m.
~ Public is invited ~
Regular member business meeting follows.

2020 Census
President Mike Allen received the following response from Senator Merkley:

“Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about the 2020 Census. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, census data determines how seats are apportioned in the United States House of Representatives. Data from the census also determines how hundreds of billions of dollars are appropriated to different state and local governments.

Due to a lack of funding, the Census Bureau was forced to skip several trials of its newest counting methods in recent months. In the past, underfunded censuses have led to inaccurate results, which typically undercount our most vulnerable communities. For example, the 2010 Census failed to count nearly 1.5 million African American and Hispanic Americans.

You will be pleased to know that I sent a letter with my Senate colleagues to the Appropriations Committee requesting full funding for the 2020 Census. The census is an essential part of our “We the People” democracy, as it will determine how the next generation of Americans is represented in Congress and ensure that minority communities have access to the resources they need.”

All my best,
Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

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Genealogy News


New Projects from MyHeritage
Member Pat Rongey shares a link to a new project from MyHeritage – helping adoptees connect with their birth families.  Free DNA kits to eligible participants!  Apply  HERE.

Also from MyHeritage – a new database of U.S. School Yearbooks, 1890-1979.
“. . . names can be searched accurately (with synonyms and translations, which is often not possible in free-text collections), as well as matched automatically to the family trees on MyHeritage.”  Read more and access a 14-day free trial HERE.

County Boundaries
Member Marilee Mulvey shares an article from Dick Eastman’s blog on the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, a free website.  Click HERE.

President Mike Allen announces Spring events from the Oregon Genealogical Society:
1.  Family History Writing Workshop April 6 – Jill Morelli (Midwestern, northern German and Scandinavian ancestors);
2.  Spring Genealogy Seminar Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Topics include:  6500 Miles & 32 Repositories: My Travels through the Midwest.  Research at courthouses, archives, & State libraries; Solving the Family Myth Using the Principles of Logic; The Genealogical Proof Standard for Everyone; and Finding Our Women: 25+ Places to Find a Surname.

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