This post includes updates from several members on topics of recent interests:
From Kevin Mittge: More on DNA – view an article on Genealogy and Ethnicity Testing 3 Legitimate Companies
From Mike Allen: At Wednesday’s SGS meeting Mike recommended watching the PBS series Mercy Street. “Based on real events, Mercy Street takes viewers beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history.’ Episode 2 of the series airs Sunday at 10:00 P.M. on OPB. View episode 1 HERE.
From Pat Rongey: Ellis Island Simulation at Siuslaw Middle School, 8th graders. The program is scheduled for Monday, February 1st from 2:10-3:10. Also performing will be Rachel McClintock (from Living Voices). She will perform at 8:30, 9:50 and 11:08 a.m. Anyone interested in helping with the presentation can obtain the volunteer paperwork online HERE. Contact Pat Rongey for further information. 541-603-5730.
Also from Pat Rongey: The Scary Truth About The Future of Your Genealogy Data and How You Can Preserve It. View the article HERE.
View Minutes from the January 20th meeting HERE.
Is your Civil War ancestor missing from your family tree? More than 3.5 million American men on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line fought in the 1861-1865 Civil War.
The January 20th Siuslaw Genealogy Society meeting will feature a presentation by SGS member Jo Ann Garlington on Confederate Prisoners War. The presentation will illustrate her research using her great grandfather’s Confederate war experience.
This is Part 1 of a two part series of Civil War POWS, with Part 2 to be presented in February by member Mike Allen (‘A Union Soldier’s Story’)
January 20, 2016
Siuslaw Public Library, Bromley Room
The public is invited!
The Siuslaw Genealogy Society’s monthly business meeting will follow the presentation.
Member Merilee Mulvey reports reading a great tip from the Ancestry.com blog on researching pre-1850 census records. She shares a link to the webpage featuring a video interview with accredited genealogist, Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. View Video
Merilee also suggests if any SGS member has a membership to Ancestry.com (or using the library’s membership in the genealogy room), they can also click on a link below the video that will take them to the charts/forms section on Ancestry.com where blank copies of census forms and charts can be found to copy, download, and use to track ancestors. These forms have been a huge assistance to me when searching ancestors’ timelines for missing census records, etc.
Next SGS monthly meeting: Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Finding Your Roots on PBS
Member Merilee Mulvey informs us in the “new season of Finding Your Roots, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the ancestral trails of 28 new guests including Senator John McCain, Gloria Steinem, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Neil Patrick Harris, Maya Lin, and Mia Farrow”. Season 3 premieres January 5 on PBS at 8/7c.
Free Databases This Month
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is allowing unlimited free access through January 31, 2016, to historic databases for:
Massachusetts (Vital Records 1841 – 1910)
New Hampshire (Births to 1901, Deaths and Marriages to 1937)
Vermont (Births, Marriages and Deaths to 2008)
To get access, register free as a Guest User HERE.
SGS Recycle Fundraising Program
The Recycle program continues to be a rewarding project for fundraising while making a positive ecological impact. The program has raised $610.65 for SGS. In 2015, from the items collected in our recycle drop boxes, the following resources were prevented from entering landfills: Steel (23 lbs); Aluminum (4 lbs); Plastic (51 lbs); and Nylon (3 lbs).
December Holiday Party
Thank you to everyone for joining in on the celebration! View the pictures HERE.
Still looking for more on DNA in genealogical research? President Kevin Mittge suggests taking a look at a helpful site that provides a ‘list of genealogy educational links and articles’. The list is compiled by Judy Kellar Fox, an Oregon professional genealogist. Click HERE for the site.
Member Mary Colgan-Bennetts reports on a worthy project helping the New York Public Library. The goal of the project is to “extract structured data from over 6,000 handwritten mortgage and bond ledgers from the Emigrant Bank records”. Here’s your chance to lend a hand with unlocking the history of 19th century New York City land ownership. Click HERE for more information.
The topic of Grave Matters: Cemetery Research will be presented by Kevin Mittge at the November 18th meeting. The presentation is open to the public and will be followed by the monthly SGS business meeting. View the Agenda and Minutes to be discussed.
Siuslaw Public Library, Bromley Room
Member Merilee Mulvey shares a link on a great article from Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter about “How to Find a Revolutionary War Patriot”. View the article HERE.
If you missed the presentation by Diahan Southard on Organizing Your DNA Matches from last week’s Legacy Webinar, you can still view the recorded version (for a limited time) for free. In the video, she guides you through selecting the best DNA matches and what to do next. Click DNA Webinar.
Siuslaw Genealogy Society Holiday Party
Bromley Room, 6:00 p.m.