Of Genealogical Interest

Member Karen Childs informs us of the soon to be merge of two American Revolutionary libraries.  The David Library of Washington Crossing, PA houses 10,000 microfilm reels and about 1 million documents related to the American Revolution.  At year’s end, the library will be relocating from its current location to join the American Philosophical Society (APS) near Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  The APS “has amassed its own historical collection, focusing on the Revolutionary era, science and medical history, and Native American Languages”.  Read the full article HERE.

DNA Test Kit Sales This Weekend (Offer ends 6/17)
Most major genetic genealogy vendors are having sales!
FamilyTreeDNA ($59)
MyHeritage ($69)
AncestryDNA ($59)
23andMe ($99)

Who’s Got Your Name?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the most popular surnames have been the same for the 1990, 2000, and 2010 census.  In order of frequency:  Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown and Jones.  View more names and frequency HERE. Scroll to bottom of article to download spreadsheet of top 1,000 names.

SGS June 19th Meeting
7 P.M.; Siuslaw Room (in the library)

‘Walking in Their Footsteps’
Meta Ann Steele, DAR

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June 19th Meeting

This month’s SGS meeting features  Meta Ann Steele of the Coos Bay DAR with a presentation entitled “Walking in Their Footsteps in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky”.  She will speak about visiting ancestor’s graves to honor them and help their stories live on.   Join us as she describes her journey.

Siuslaw Genealogical Society Meeting
June 19th, 7:00 p.m. 
Siuslaw Library
Siuslaw Genealogy Room

Public is invited!!

A members meeting will follow the presentation with an election of officers for the 2019-2020 term.  Members – please plan to attend!

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Remembering Jo Ann

It is with sadness that we report the recent passing of SGS member Jo Ann Garlington.
Jo Ann was an avid family researcher, served in the military and was stationed in Japan for several years before returning to the United States.

National Geographic’s Genographic Project began in 2005, and since then, nearly 1 million people have obtained results with Geno DNA kits. According to their site, “the participation phase of this research project is ending and, as a result, effective May 31, 2019 Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry kits are no longer available for purchase.” Already purchased kits can still be submitted for processing, however test results will only be accessible at their site until December 31, 2020.  Read the full details HERE.

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Fold3.com Free Access

Member Pat Miller shares a tip that Fold3.com is allowing free access to browse military records this Memorial Day weekend.  Access is free until Tuesday.

Homestead Act
recent article from the Legal Genealogist site acknowledges the 157th birthday of the Homestead Act of 1862.  Land acquired under the Homestead Act began the transfer of public land from the federal government to private hands. The act was repealed in 1976, but by then 270 million acres had been  acquired.  If eligible, up to 160 acres of land could be had for $18!  Such land records may include naturalization, marriage, and birth information, in addition to land description, improvements, etc. Did your ancestor acquire land under the Homestead Act? Read the post HERE and follow the links to learn more.

Early Census Controversy
Member Merilee Mulvey viewed a recent article from the New England Historical Society’s site that reveals in 1840 census workers were tasked with identifying the number of people with mental disabilities.  “Of the more than 17 million people counted in the 1840 census, 17,456 were listed as ‘insane and idiots’.” This statistic was later “debunked”.  Read the full post HERE.

Membership dues are due!

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May 15 Meeting – Purple Heart Presentation

Siuslaw Genealogical Society Meeting
May 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library, Bromley Room

Public is invited!!

This month’s program features a presentation by SGS members Merilee Mulvey and Mary Gill on the history and notable recipients of the Purple Heart medal.  The medal is awarded to “members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.  It is specifically a combat decoration.”  Mary Gill will share a story of her ancestor recipient and his genealogical background.

Mike Allen shares an interesting article from the Washington Post on the use of Facebook as a means to preserve our histories.  Read more HERE.

Also on the topic of Facebook – The New Facebook Genealogy Squad
“The group will focus on answering questions and solving problems, while demonstrating best practices with all aspects of genealogical research.” Administrators include genealogy notables such as Blaine Bettinger, Cyndi Ingle (Cindy’s List) and Drew Smith (host of Genealogy Connection podcast).  Read more about the Squad HERE.  Once at the site, click ‘Request to Join’. You will be prompted with 2 questions regarding your genealogy interest.  An administrator will respond.

During a prior SGS program, Jacquie Beveridge did a presentation on the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and their endeavors to record information of interest to genealogist.  As an update, she indicates “thanks to a generous gift from Colorado Daughters, the DAR Library has embarked on an effort to identify and digitize genealogically relevant reports produced by the WPA in the 1930s and 40s to be added to the Library’s digital resources”.  Navigate to the DAR Library site HERE.


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Lineage Society Resources

The presentation (4/17) by Jacquie Beveridge on Lineage Societies was an informative one, revealing many new resources to utilize for our research. There was good participation by those present, and an interest for resource links.  As such, Jacquie has made the following documents and video available.
Lineage Society Resources
Video on Using the Worksheet

Other News
Family Search has added an index of Oregon World War I veteran state aid applications. The card index for 1921 – 1938 includes name, place of enlistment, DOB, name of nearest relative, and much more.  View the search tool HERE.

A recent article from Wired.com, entitled ‘The Future of Crime Fighting is Family Tree Forensics may be of interest to the genetic genealogist. The article features work done by ‘citizen scientist’ Barbara Rae-Venter and genealogist Ce Ce Moore.  Read it HERE.


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SGS April 17th Meeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Bromley Room
7:00 p.m.

Public is invited!

The featured presentation will be on Lineage Societies by Jacquie Beveridge.  A refreshment break will follow the presentation prior to a members’ business meeting.

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