View U.S. High School Yearbook Pictures (1890 – 1979)
MyHeritage is providing free access to their yearbook collection through May 23rd. View the original black and white version or utilize the In Color tool to view photos or the entire yearbooks in color. These records normally require a subscription, so take advantage of this opportunity – a good time to capture those pictures of family members you may not already have.  Look up friends, or yourself!  Begin your search HERE.

2020 Census Status
52.4% of households have now responded to the census, that’s 77,500,00 households!

How Best to Tell A Story?
There’s a saying, ‘there’s more than one side to a story’.  No argument there, but what about the best way to tell a story, and make it interesting? A recent post from the Legacy Tree Genealogist’s blog provides suggestions on ‘Using History to Tell Your Family Story’.
View it HERE.

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Video Stories

The Little Shoes
View a short video from CBC News of how a 100 year old DNA solved the mystery of little shoes from the Titanic.  View this incredible story HERE.

Roots Less Traveled
A new NBC weekly TV series starting April 4, Roots Less Traveled follows a pair of family members who bond over their search to solve family history mysteries. 

“From rumors of ancestors aboard the Titanic to stories of homesteaders forging a new path for future generations, the duos discover the truth behind the tales that have been passed down for generations, revealing the inspiring lives their ancestors led. In partnership with Ancestry®, they learn how their past has shaped their present and through this shared journey how family bonds are deepened.”  The season’s 7 great stories include 460  people and 1,280 records.

The Genetic Detective
A new ABC series follows investigative genealogist CeCe Moore who uses her research skills to resolve the toughest crimes. “By working with police departments and crime scene DNA, Ms. Moore is able to trace the path of a violent criminal’s family tree to reveal their identity and help bring them to justice. The series premiers on May 19th at 7 p.m.



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Message from SGS President

I am happy to announce that Jacquie Beveridge has volunteered to assume her role as our Vice President!  She and her husband are very fortunate to have returned in good health from their lengthy, and somewhat unusual cruise.  They have cancelled their next cruise, and she now feels ready and able to take on this responsibility.  She joins our 2020 roster of  SGS Officers.

Thank you all for your program ideas, and please keep them coming! I know Jacquie will be able to schedule them in a logical manner for our presentations when we resume our monthly meetings.

Once again, I hope you and your families are well.  Continue safe practices and when we get together again, we can share the great strides we have made in our family tree searches.

Dianne Carlton
President, Siuslaw Genealogical Society

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Suggestions on How to Spend Your Time

Kevin Mittge suggests:
From the DNA eXplained site, Roberta Estes has a good post acknowledging those sewing masks, and concludes with 5 things people can be doing right now to help take their mind off the virus.
1)  Free Virtual Genealogy Association Entertainment Show video.
2)  Free Legacy Family Tree webinar every day in April. HERE.
3)  A triple treat:  MyHeritage free photo colorization tool; All U.S. census records; and a Free Trial Subscription
4)  New DNA matches
5)  List of free Educational videos and Nat’l Archives records

Also, Family History Activities When You Can’t Focus – an article by Amy Johnson Crow from the Generations Cafe blog deals with what many of us may be experiencing – being too distracted to even do genealogy.

Merilee Mulvey suggests you may be interested in looking at:
Legacy Family Tree Webinars members should regularly check their site for webinars as well. Also, direct access to the list of Ancestry’s free record collection may be found HERE.
NEHGS members should do the same. NEHGS has an archive of webinars for the last year and many are good to watch more than once!

My Heritage Free Webinars – Learn from the Experts
Genealogy expert Daniel Horowitz explains how to use features of MyHeritage with Q & A from the audience.  Online webinars are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 11 – 11:30 a.m. PST. Webinars are free, but you must register in advance.  See below for the schedule and registration links for each day.
April 7 – Accepting Smart Matches
April 9 – Filling in the Details on Your Tree
April 16 – Generate Charts and Graphics
April 21 – Accepting Record Matches
April 23 – Pedigree Map
April 28 – Consistency Checker
April 30 – Instant Discoveries

Military Research 
Karen Childs shares a Facebook page she found which may be of interest for military historians. View it HERE.

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Got Time? View Genealogy Marathon Recordings

Genealogy Marathon Recorded Classes – Free Viewing
Free viewing of the recorded classes from the recent 24-hour Genealogy Marathon has been extended thru April 6. Sponsored by Family Tree Webinars and My Heritage, topics include:
– How Do I Know It’s Correct: Evidence & Proof
– Advanced Googling for Grandma
– Can a Dead Man Sign a Deed?
. . . and many more.  View the classes HERE.

Overcoming Hardships to Conduct the First Census
16 U.S. Marshalls and 1 territorial governor conducted the first U.S. Census in 1790.

Carrying out the census in 1790 was difficult in a new country with little infrastructure and a widely scattered population.

Read the full article from the U.S. Census Bureau HERE.

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SGS News of Interest

A woman learns her great-Aunt’s remains had not been buried, but stored as an unsolved murder mystery in a laboratory for nearly 60 years. With help from a forensic pathologist and family history researcher, the great-niece was finally able to provide a proper burial for her great-Aunt in Sunderland, England.  Read the full story from the BBC News HERE.

Ink Cartridge Fundraiser Update
Pat Rongey reports $178 was recently received from the SGS Inkjet toner recycle program. This program helps fund the subscription on the library’s Siuslaw Room computers. Our drop boxes are located in the library, Habitat for Humanity and at Shipping Solutions.

. . . plastics used in printer cartridges are composed of an engineering grade polymer. This polymer has a notably slow decomposition rate that ranges between 450 to 1000 years to be fully decomposed, depending on the cartridge type. Printer ink may also be leaked, which contributes to pollution in the surrounding environment.

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SGS March 18th Meeting Cancelled

In order to help minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, we will be cancelling our March 18th meeting. ALSO, we are cancelling all future meetings until it is determined the immediate threat has passed.

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