Don’t forget! The free genealogy 24-hour webinar marathon begins tomorrow – Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m. PST, hosted by FamilyTree Webinars.com and MyHeritage. From advanced Googling to DNA, this event promises to have something for everyone. View speaker list, scheduled times and Registration information and access HERE.
Mike Allen shares pictures from the recent Education Expo at Siuslaw High School and reports “they had a great time visiting with some potential members of SGS”.
Roots Tech Conference – Salt Lake City
The 10th anniversary of the Roots Tech Conference will take place from Feb 26 – Feb. 29th. View conference details HERE. For those of us who can’t attend, but still want to take part, you can view a select number of live classes and events, including the daily keynote speakers. These videos will be broadcast live at RootsTech.org. You can view the streaming schedule for each day HERE.
2020 U.S. Census
In less than a month U.S. households will begin receiving 2020 Census invitations. The invitation will “include instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online or by phone. By April 1, most households will have received an invitation delivered either by mail or by a census taker. In areas of the country that are less likely to respond online, a paper questionnaire will be included in the initial mailing to households. Reminder mailings will be sent to households that do not respond, and in the fourth mailing every household that has not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire.”
This month’s meeting presentation will feature Kevin Mittge on ‘Using BLM GLO maps and Google Earth’. He will demonstrate the process of identifying land descriptions and cemetery locations which can be mapped using Google resources. Join us to learn some great genealogy tips and tricks.
Genealogy Webinar Marathon
Get ready for a free genealogy 24-hour webinar marathon beginning Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m. PST, hosted by FamilyTree Webinars.com and MyHeritage. From advanced Googling to DNA, this event promises to have something for everyone. View speaker list, scheduled times and Registration information HERE.
Topics include: Evidence and Proof; Tips for Finding a name-changing ancestor; The Science of Family History . . . and much more.
Google Earth and Maps for Genealogy
Kevin Mittge will provide the presentation for the Feb. 19th SGS meeting. He will show us the process of identifying land descriptions and cemetery locations that can be mapped using Google resources. Join us to learn these great genealogy tips and tricks.
Vintage WWI and WWII Posters
Member Sally Daugherty shares a link to vintage collections of posters of WWI and WWII. She says viewing them provides a slice of history that reveals a lot about what was important back then. View WWI HERE and WWWI HERE.
It was another wonderful performance by Rachel Atkins at the February 2nd event. Her portrayal of a young girl’s journey through Ellis Island brought the experience to life for all those in attendance.
The first people to be counted in the 2020 Census will be those who live in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Starting January 21, census takers will begin the Remote Alaska Operation – making their way to remote parts of Alaska. In order to reach every person to be counted, they will travel by plane, boat and dog sled. Read the full article from the Census Bureau HERE.
Mike Allen shares a link to an article from Buzzfeed news on people finding images of deceased loved ones on Google Map. View it HERE.
Living Voices Presentation – February 2, 1:00 p.m. Bromley Room, (Free) Details Here
For your New Year’s genealogy research goals, Debby Wright suggests a video from the Genealogy TV blog . “With research goals, you create research questions, with research questions, you can create research plans, with research plans you develop places to look for your ancestors, but it all starts with what do you want to know about your family history?” Get inspired by viewing it HERE.
Another method to tackle those 2020 goals comes from The Family History Daily which provides a 15 Minute Plan. “Fifteen minutes a day for 365 days adds up to more than 90 hours of ancestor sleuthing each year!” Read more HERE.
Debby also shares a link to an excellent video on how to get more out of the HINT functions in Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. View it HERE.
Dianne Carlton gives a shout-out to those who enjoy cruises or have always wanted to take one – an opportunity to cruise AND pursue your genealogy interest! Pioneers and Family History offers a cruise to Alaska in August! Click HERE for more details.
Sunday, Feb 2, 2020
Bromley Room, 1:00 p.m. Free Admission
Living Voices, a performance – “Island of Hope”
“One family escapes oppression in the old country
and sails to a new life in the new world. But what
happens to those stranded at Ellis Island?
Experience the struggle to escape oppression and
discover life at Ellis Island during its busiest years,
and the fears and dreams of every hopeful