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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SGS September Meeting; Ancestry’s Ethnicity Update

This month’s SGS meeting will feature a video on ‘How to Break Down Brick Walls Before 1837’.  This may provide an informative look at how to resolve those issues you’ve been trying to resolve.

September 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library
Bromley Room
The public is invited!

Ancestry DNA Ethnicity Estimate Update

No additional test or cost is required.  If you already have an Ancestry DNA test result(s) the new estimate feature is available for viewing now.  For a limited time, you can even compare your old and new results.  The enhanced ethnicity estimate is included with new Ancestry DNA test results as well.  To see for yourself,  log on to your Ancestry account,  click on DNA Story, then view your updated estimate.

Roberta Estes provides a thorough explanation of the update on her DNAeXplained site. Read her post HERE.  Ancestry’s Barry Starr walks you through the update in a video HERE.

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Tattoos – A Historical Perspective

SGS Treasurer Merilee Mulvey shares a link to the Atlas Obscura site for a look at the art and significance of tattoos as identification, patriotism, honor and more throughout history.  It is an informative and interesting article (with pictures) on the role of tattoos (even if you’ve never thought about wearing one!).  Read the article HERE.

Summer Picnic Recap – view the slideshow HERE.

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German Immigration in Oregon and Stories of Acceptance

With our upcoming German themed picnic in mind, member Sherri Spencer came across the following articles of interest:

6.9 million immigrants came from Germany between 1820 and 1970 . . . “15% of total immigration during this time. This made German Americans one of the most significant ethnic groups in American society.” Farming, then railroad opportunities brought many to the Pacific Northwest.  Read the full article HERE from the Washington State University’s archive site.

These incredible stories come from the Offbeat Oregon History site (‘heroes and rascals, shipwrecks and lot gold . . . stories hardly anyone knows about”).  Read them HERE.
~ Sentenced to 3 years in prison for singing in German on a train.

~ American women stripped of citizenship and forced to register as ‘enemy aliens’.

For Those Doing Armenian Research
SGS Treasurer Merilee Mulvey shares a link to Dick Eastmans’ Genealogy Newsletter for an article (Part 1) on researching Armenian history. View it HERE.

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Siblings – Same DNA or Not?

Mike Allen shares a link to the Genealogy Explained website with a post on “Why siblings can have the same ancestors, but different ethnicity estimates”.  The article looks at DNA inheritance and “how DNA is passed down from parents to children.”  Read the full post HERE.

Another interesting article that also touches on DNA sibling inheritance can be viewed at  the My Heritage blog – “Common Misconceptions about DNA Testing”.  Read the full article HERE.

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