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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SGS Monthly Meeting July 18th

This month’s meeting will feature Genealogy Shorts – presentations on German ancestry and research, with SGS members Liane Askew, Mike Allen and Kevin Mittge.

July 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Library
Bromley Room

The public is invited!

A member business meeting will follow the evening’s presentation. 

~ August 15th, Elk’s RV Park, 4 p.m. ~

Potluck dish sign-ups at the meeting!
More Details HERE

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Translation Tools and German Research Webinars

SGS library researcher Debby Wright shares a link to The Abundant Genealogy site, which provides a free download of a guide on Tools for Translating and Transcribing Genealogy Documents by Thomas MacEntee. To view a PDF of the guide, click HERE.  Read the entire post from Abundant Genealogy and “learn the best tools and programs to help you extract the information you need from documents in order to find success with your genealogy research” HERE.

SGS member Sherri Spencer informs us of upcoming webinars from the Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS), a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and one of the most active genealogical societies in the Midwest (nearly 900 members worldwide).  CGS is sponsoring two upcoming webinars open to the public. Full details and registration information HERE.

Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes
July 19, 2018 8pm CST: James M. Beidler
“No genealogist with German-speaking ancestors avoids using church records, and the good news is that many more of them are coming online in digital form. It’s important, however, to know whether you’re looking at originals, duplicates or extracts from these records – this presentation will explain the differences.”

How German History Makes a Difference in Your Family History Research
August 16 , 2018 8pm CST: Warren Bittner
“Two semesters of German history in an hour.”

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DNA Stories

Mike Allen shares a heartfelt DNA success story of a woman reunited with her mother 80 years after being told her mother died while giving birth to her.  Read the full story HERE.

This story, from Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter is of an adopted woman who finds her long-lost sister right next door.  Read the incredible story HERE.

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