SGS February Meeting – Feb 18

The February 18th monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Mark Brennan, who will provide a presentation on the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum and Library.

FEBRUARY 18, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Public Library, Bromley Room

The public is invited!

The Siuslaw Genealogy Society’s monthly business meeting will follow the presentation.
The SGS Recycle Program was acknowledged on the Power of Florence’s website in their January 18th  post.  Read the post here.

The Florence Green Fair is scheduled for May 2, 2015 at the Event Center.  Stay tuned for more information!


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SGS Announcements

The Lock-in planned for President’s Day is cancelled. We will be having a program and regular SGS meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18th.  The featured speaker will be Mark Brennan, discussing  the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum and Library.

An all day seminar on Finding Irish and Scots-Irish Roots will be held at the Jackson County Genealogy Library. Find out more at their website.

I was reading Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and found this interesting article about Armenian historical materials being accepted by the NEGHS. I thought the membership might like to read it . . . don’t know if any of our members have Armenian ancestors, but it’s worth letting everyone know about it!”  Read the article.

. . . .  Also from Merilee,
Another recent article in Eastman’s Newsletter discusses what one can do with original genealogical material they want to contribute for the general public to be able to access.” Read Where to Donate Records to Make Them Available to Everyone’.


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January 21 SGS Meeting

Meeting Reminder:
Due to a room scheduling conflict the Siuslaw Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting will be held in the Siuslaw Room (inside the library) beginning at 7 pm.  The topic is Organizing Your Genealogy.  Kevin Mittge will lead a round-robin discussion on ‘How We All Organize Our Materials’ (whether paper, digital, photos, artifacts, you name it).  Everyone is encouraged to participate by sharing how they organize (or don’t!).  This can be a very fun and useful discussion if we all join in.

The Holiday Party slideshow is available for viewing!  See it HERE.

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2014 Year End Post

SGS closed out the year with a festive Holiday Party held on December 17th.  Thank you to everyone for participating!  It was an enjoyable evening with savory dishes and desserts!  Mary Colgan Bennett created wonderful Memory Jars with topics for interesting conversations and storytelling.  View a slideshow HERE.

The Recycling project continues to be a successful fundraising endeavor for SGS and the Florence community. In addition to raising over $300 for SGS this year, the collection of cell phones (nearly 9 pounds), inkjet, and toner cartridges (nearly 130 pounds) were diverted from becoming landfill waste. View the breakdown of resources. Many thanks again to Pat Rongey for her efforts in organizing this on-going project.

SGS member Karen Childs suggests viewing the Alice J. Ramsey chart (from Dave Greenbaum’s site) to help clarify generation confusion when attempting to decipher a “how many times removed” situation.

January Meeting – 1/21/2015
Join us at the next SGS meeting for a presentation on ‘How to Organize Your Research’ by Kevin Mittge.

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SGS Holiday Party Countdown – Dec 17th, 6 p.m.

It’s less than a week until the Holiday Party Potluck!  RSVP (if you haven’t already) using the Contact Us link, and join in on a festive, merry evening – with door prizes, a potluck dinner and sharing a ‘Life In A Jar’ memories.   View the menu list.

RSVP On-Line
(What Dish Are You Bringing?)

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Research Experiences Revealed

We were treated to a variety of great stories at the November SGS meeting during another segment of Genealogy Shorts. Many thanks to members Louise Carlson, Pat Rongey and Merilee Mulvey. If you weren’t lucky enough to be in attendance, or want to enjoy hearing the presentations again, click the links below. The audio recordings will be available until Dec 30. Merilee’s reference document of research tools is also available for viewing and downloading.

Louise Carlson schooled us on how a country auction works, and spoke about diaries she has acquired, including one discovered in an auction box of linens and another set of diaries she was able to research and send to a descendant of the diary’s owner.
Auction How To’s:  Listen NOW (about 17 minutes)
Diary Discoveries:  Listen NOW (about 16 minutes)

Pat Rongey revealed her experience of breaking down a brickwall while learning of her family’s name change.  Listen NOW (about 11 minutes)

Merilee Mulvey provided us with an informative step by step process to researching Canadian military records and the clues and data validation she obtained when researching the service records of two great uncles.  Listen NOW. (about 13 minutes)
View her research reference guide HERE.

The next SGS meeting will be held in January.  Until then, plan to attend the annual Holiday Party on Dec. 17th.  Check back for more details.



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SGS November 19th Meeting

The November 19th meeting will feature another segment of Genealogy Shorts by three of our SGS members! The presentations include:

LOUISE CARLSON – Auction Diaries;
PAT RONGEY – Great Grandmother’s Uncle;
MERILEE MULVEY – Military Records of Two Great Uncles

NOVEMBER 19, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Siuslaw Public Library, Bromley Room

The public is invited!

The Siuslaw Genealogy Society’s monthly business meeting will follow the presentation.

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