SGS Holiday Party Reminder

Merilee Mulvey shares an Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter article about a free website using facial recognition technology to cross-reference civil war photographs with a database to identify unknown subjects. Upload your photos to identify and contribute to their archive at the Civil War Photo Sleuth site. 

DNA Test Kits for Stocking Stuffers: (offers end Monday, 11/26 at midnight)

Ancestry’s lowest price ever! $49

FindMyPast  – $59 (includes 14 days of free access)


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SGS November 14th Meeting

This month’s SGS meeting is scheduled for this week Wednesday, November 14th.  Kevin Mittge will provide useful tips on DNA match results he learned while attending a recent workshop.  He will be focusing on understanding, sorting and using matches.  Members with tips and suggestions on match results are encouraged to participate in the discussion.

November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library
Bromley Room
The public is invited!

NEHGS Free Webinar – Thursday, November 15th; Noon (PST) – 1:00 pm
‘Raising the Dead ‘– “Learn how headstones, family plots and burial documents can shed new light on your ancestor’s life.”  Register HERE.

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Genealogy in the News; SGS Holiday Titanic Themed Party

Genetic Genealogy Solving Crimes
On last Sunday’s television program, 60 Minutes featured a segment on how DNA results are being used to solve crimes.  The segment featured professional genealogist Cece Moore.  If you missed it or want to view it again, click HERE.

2020 Census Controversy
A recent article in the Washington Post describes the lawsuit filed by a number of states, and civil rights groups seeking to halt the addition of a citizenship question on the census. The states and groups ‘say it will intimidate some from participating and result in [an] inaccurate census’.  Six former census directors and a Census Bureau internal analyst have also said the question would ‘harm the count’.  The trial is scheduled for Nov. 5 in New York.  Read the full article HERE.

SGS Holiday Party:  December 19th; 6 p.m. Pot Luck in the Bromley Room
Titanic passenger names to research are still available!  If you’d like to participate in this ‘mini-research’ project and haven’t selected a name, the message bottles will be available at the November meeting. A sample research form can be found HERE. Research results will be presented during the party. Join in on the fun!
Pot luck dish sign ups will be taken at next month’s meeting, or send an email to add your dish.

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Of Genealogy Interest

SGS secretary Debby Wright shares a link to an 1880 agricultural census from Perry County, Missouri. Previously only available in hard copy, the Missouri Historical Society and the Missouri State Archives worked together to digitize the records.  The names of 633 people were recovered.  Read the article HERE.

Jacquie Beveridge shares a link to an article on the World War I Centennial site of ‘Stories of Service and family relationships of those who served in WWI’.  View it HERE.

Memento from the Past
A recent post from Dick Eastman’s blog describes the discovery of an 80 year old note found in a glass bottle at a Delaware County bridge (Albany, Indiana).  Construction workers discovered it lodged within a cement pillar.  The note listed 17 names of the last crew who worked on the bridge between 1938 to 1939.  The note is now posted on the town’s website asking family members of the workers listed to submit photographs, memories and comments in order for the town to honor and recognize the crew.  Read the newspaper article HERE.

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Brick Wall Resources

The Brick Walls Q & A video by Crista Cowan was well received by those in attendance at last night’s SGS meeting.  To view that video again (or for those who missed it), click HERE.  Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist has numerous informative YouTube videos on an array of genealogy topics with valuable tips to help you in your research.  View her other YouTube videos HERE.

Vice President Jacquie Beveridge has compiled the following links to brick wall resources:

Treasurer Merilee Mulvey shares  a link to another video on Brick Walls from Crista Cowan HERE and a link to her posts on HERE

Family Discovery Day – November 3rd, Coos Bay Family History Center, 10 am – 3 p.m.
This is a free event featuring classes, displays, and activities, including  DNA, stories, journaling and more!

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SGS October 17th Meeting

October 17th Meeting
The evening’s presentation will be the video, Brick Walls Q & A by Crista Cowan, the Barefoot Genealogist.  In addition, the “Brick Wall” depository created by Sherri Spencer will be introduced, followed by a discussion on brick wall research –  What do you know?  Why do you know it? What do you want to learn? This topic aims at helping you craft a research plan.

October 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library
Bromley Room
The public is invited!



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SGS News and Links

For those who missed the last SGS meeting or those interested in reviewing the webinar on ‘Tips for Breaking Down Brick walls Before 1837’, the video is available on YouTube HERE. Else Churchill of the Society of Genealogists ‘shows how to overcome family history hurdles in the years before government registration was introduced’.

Irish Genealogy
ike Allen suggests a good resource for a list of Irish genealogy sites can be found

From the IrishCentral site, is an article entitled ‘Genealogy goldmine Church of Ireland Parish Registers to go Online.  View it HERE.

Genealogy Classes
As a reminder, Mike Allen is also teaching two genealogy classes at Lane Community College.  The basic course began October 1, and the advanced class starts on October 29th. For registration details, click

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