SGS November 20 Meeting

The presentation for this month is a trio of Genealogy Shorts by Mike Allen, Merilee Mulvey and Mary Gill.  They will share discoveries of genealogy research they’ve made through newspapers. Join us and hear their stories!

Wednesday, November 20th
Siuslaw Public Library
Bromley Room, 7 p.m.
The public is invited!

An SGS members’ meeting will follow the presentation. Click the sidebar links to view the Agenda and Minutes from the previous meeting.

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Genealogy News

Free Military Records Access  in Honor of  Veterans Day  11/8 to 11/17 – Access more than 260 million US military records – find draft cards, enlistment records, soldier pension indexes, etc.  Free access HERE. ‘Discover how war has shaped your family’s story”.  Free access HERE.

Researching Ireland Ancestors
erilee Mulvey reports finding two good articles from the Ireland Reaching Out blog describing and identifying how to find a parish of origin and townland for an ancestor. Read the articles What is Townland and Parish of Origin.

New York City Geographic Birth Index
In his recent newsletter, Dick Eastman mentions the availability of this NYC record set which is an index to all births in NYC from about 1880 to 1912. Rather than a typical birth index by surname or date, this index is arranged by the child’s place of birth – as in the actual street address!  There are approximately 2.8 million names.  Learn more HERE.

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman  was to have been the new face on the U.S. $20 bill.  However, the release of the new bill has been delayed to approximately 2028.  Having escaped slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Harriet Tubman went on to help lead hundreds of people to freedom along the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War (1861-65).
SGS member Pat Rongey lived in Liberia for two years and recalls visiting the Tubman zoo many times. She recommends viewing a short video to learn more about this historic woman.

December 18th, 6 p.m.
Potluck Sign-ups at November Meeting
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Shopping at AmazonSmile Rewards

Amazon will now donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases to SGS. Just be sure to start your shopping session at and select Siuslaw Genealogy as the charitable organization, OR the absolute easiest way is to click the Shop Amazon button in the side column on this page.  That’s all there is to it!

What Purchases are Eligible for Donations?
“Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations.  You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.”  Happy shopping!

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Halloween Costumes, Witches and Story

From the site, Merilee Mulvey shares a post (with pictures) on the best costumes inspired by history. View it HERE.

With many of her family members from Massachusetts, Sally Daugherty discovered an article from the History of Massachusetts site, which may be of interest to others researching that area – The Salem Witch Trials Victims: Who Were They? The article states that “according to various sources, over 200 people were accused of witchcraft during the Trials”.  It provides an almost complete list of persons arrested, found guilty, found guilty and pardoned, escaped from prison, never indicted, and evaded arrest for witchcraft.  Read the full article HERE.

Dianne Carlson shares the following from the book A Small Fiction by James Mark Miller (@ASmallFiction).

“Do you have a magic spell to
return someone to life?” she said.
“No,” the witch said, “I’m Sorry.”

“Why don’t you tell me about them”?
“Will that bring them back?”
“For us. For a little while.  Stories
are a different kind of magic.”

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Genealogy Articles and Tips Associations
Debbie Wright recently saw a YouTube video on how to attach a non-relative to an page.  The idea is that these FAN club people (friends, associates and neighbors), or “cluster genealogy” may prove helpful in discovering additional information on your ancestors. Genealogist Constance Knox, of Genealogy TV, shows you a method for attaching Non-Family members.  View the YouTube video HERE.

The Saga of the 1890 Census
Mike Allen came across an interesting article from the Fishwrap blog on the twice fire damaged census records.  Read the article HERE.

The Calendar Way Back When
Merilee Mulvey shares a post from Dick Eastman’s genealogy newsletter which describes the ‘not so simple’ evolution of the calendar.  Read the post HERE.

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Ancestry has released AncestryHealth, their new service is “designed to help customers determine whether they have predispositions for certain diseases and disorders”. AncestryHealth Core aims to provide health and wellness reports based on your DNA samples. The Core service is $149 or $49 for Ancestry DNA members.  Read the USAToday article HERE.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census. Informational recruiting sessions are being scheduled.  Positions begin in the Spring of 2020. Get more info HERE.

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SGS October 16th Meeting

This week’s SGS meeting features genealogy shorts – Is There a Witch in Your Family Tree?  The presentations will cover the history of witchcraft, whether you’d be considered a witch in 1692, Puritan beliefs, witch hunts, and witchcraft trials in the colonies. Join us for an evening with a bewitchingly interesting topic!

Wednesday, October 16th
Siuslaw Public Library
Bromley Room, 7 p.m.
The public is invited!

An SGS members’ meeting will follow the presentation.

Ancestry Announces AncestryHealth
AncestryHealth is new service that promises to help you make decisions about your health with the use of your DNA information. Coming soon, stay tuned for more information.

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