2020 Census Count Starts

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


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Genealogy Goals, Hints, and a Cruise

2020 Goals
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
American immigrant.”


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Genealogy News

Merilee Mulvey shares an article of a Kentucky archeological dig that reveals Civil war soldiers dyed their hair. Photography may have played a role. The Civil War was the first war on U.S. soil to be photographed.  Read about the discoveries from Camp Nelson HERE.

GEDmatch recently announced it is being taken over by the forensic genomics firm Verogen. GEDmatch founder Curtis Rogers released a letter to users addressing concerns for the future. Read his letter HERE.

The 2020 Census Bureau is striving to ensure every person living in the U.S. is counted, reaching out to those in rural and remote areas – whether “at the top of a  mountain or at the end of a mile-long gravel drive”.  Read the story HERE.

At the November SGS meeting, there was an inquiry for contact information for:
The Oregon Genealogical Society, Inc. (OGS)
Address: 955 Oak Alley, Eugene, OR  97401-3148 (541) 345-0399
Website:  https://oregongs.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OregonGenSoc
According to Merilee, the research facility at their address maintains a great deal of information about Oregon history and genealogy.

Living Voices – Sunday, February 2nd (Bromley Room) – “Island of Hope”.

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Of Genealogy News

Member Kevin Mittge shares important news – “if you have DNA tested with Ancestry, 23AndMe, and/or FamilyTree DNA, you can transfer your data to MyHeritage for free until Dec. 18th.  This is a very important offer.  The more companies you test with, the more matches you’ll get with others who have tested.  This way you can get the benefits of MyHeritage’s DNA test without having to pay for it.  I have not tested with MyHeritage but a year ago I transferred my data from Ancestry and now I have a whole new separate bunch of matches to work through.”  View an explanation of the offer and  download instructions by clicking HERE. Do it now!

Irish Records
The Public Records office once attached to Dublin’s Four Courts was destroyed by a massive explosion two days into the Civil War.  Hundreds of years of documented history were lost.  Recently, “an attempt to recreate Ireland’s archives “has been successful to a greater extent than ever previously imagined”, according to the  historian behind the project.  Read the full story from The Irish Times HERE.

Use of DNA Database Argued as Unconstitutional in Criminal Case
Defense lawyers claim the searching of a genealogical database to be ‘an invasion of [defendant’s] privacy’.  Read the  article from WMTW in Alaska HERE.

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SGS News

 It’s not too late to join us for the December 18th Holiday Party Potluck!  Sign up HERE.

Articles of Interest
Merilee shares a link to a post from Dick Eastman’s newsletter – ‘Retrieval of Irish Archive Lost in 1922 Fire’. She thinks “it’s amazing what can be done these days to save history!”  Read the article HERE.
Another article she recently found of interest from Mr. Eastman is how artificial intelligence is used to find more information in newspaper obituaries for the Ancestry.com website.  Find out how AI is being used in a positive way to help researchers of family history. Learn more HERE.

Poem from Sally Daugherty
Member Sally Daugherty shares a poem she was inspired to write after doing research with Fold3.  She thought it might be of use, or at least some amusement to viewers.

4th GGF

My brain churns this morning
yielding an occasional belch of insight
or heart felt pang of remorse.

Must digest theory of yesterday.
That banquet of aged information
visible, gobbled up from Fold 3.

New Hampshire bones lie undisturbed as
my ancestor inhabits the internet
exposed for anyone to see.

Read  Sally’s poem in it’s entirety HERE.

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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
Ancestry.com – Access more than 260 million US military records – find draft cards, enlistment records, soldier pension indexes, etc.  Free access HERE.

Findmypast.com ‘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
or Sign-up HERE

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