Emigrant Bank Project Opportunities

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.

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Siuslaw Genealogy Society Nov. 18 Meeting

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
7:00 p.m.

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
December 16th
Bromley Room, 6:00 p.m.

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SGS News and Links

Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy
Register for a FREE webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree this Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.  The presenter is Diahan Southard.

“In this one-of-a-kind lecture we will discuss various methods for keeping track of your DNA matches- especially your autosomal DNA matches. We will first discuss what kind of information you need to keep track of, and why. We will cover the basics of Excel, Word, email folders and correspondence. We will talk about some alternative tools like Evernote, and Kustumnote that can help you streamline and standardize your organization. We will even cover some visual tools that will help you including Google Earth. This webinar will leave you armed and dangerous, ready to identify your best autosomal DNA matches and begin to move forward with the real genealogy business of making connections.” Register HERE.

A Nation of Immigrants – Images of Ellis Island Immigrants
Siuslaw Genealogical Society member Merilee Mulvey reports the Weekly Genealogist newsletter from NEHGS (New England Historical Genealogical Society) features an article and collection of photographs depicting immigrants “in their native dress passing through Ellis Island in the early 20th century”.  View these incredible photos HERE.

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SGS October Meeting & Announcements

October Meeting, (10/21)
The Wednesday, Oct. 21st meeting will feature member Jim Barrett with a presentation on the Currency of Early American Colonies.  Jim has been a coin collector for many years and will share his knowledge, experience and research. The presentation is open to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Bromley Room at the Siuslaw Public Library.

The Siuslaw Genealogical Society’s business meeting will follow the presentation.  View the SGS Agenda and Minutes.

Thank you to all volunteers and supporters of the SGS booth.
Many thanks to the Fred Meyer and Safeway stores for their contributions.
Siuslaw Genealogy Society Oktoberfest Booth 2015
Siuslaw Genealogy Society Oktoberfest 2015

Upcoming Event:
Coos Bay Family History Seminar, November 7; 9 – 4 p.m.
A full day of workshops for learning new search techniques and sources to further your family research is planned. To register or get more information, click HERE.  Registration is FREE and lunch is provided.

From Our SGS Members:
Member Pat Rongey recently assisted a blog viewer with a family research inquiry on a Florence family member.
Pat also shares an interesting bit of trivia she read in a November, 2015 Readers Digest article written by Brandon Specktor:

“When the bubonic plague gripped Europe during the middle ages, Ships would be isolated in harbor for 40 days before passengers could go ashore.  The Italian word for 40 is Quaranta=====quarantine.”


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FindMyPast Free Access This Weekend

GS member Mary Colgan-Bennetts is spreading the word that FindMyPast has announced FREE access this weekend – Sept. 18 to Sept. 21 (7 am EDT).  Take advantage of this great offer NOW.

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Beginning Your Internet Research: A Pattern for Research

A few members have inquired about Wednesday’s presentation by Kim Davis.  She will be covering a 10-step plan for researching a person, including census, vital statistics, gravestones, Google searching, and more.  It is sure to be an interesting and informative program!

Resources For Online Newspapers
SGS member Merilee Mulvey shares information from a recent discussion she had with Siuslaw Librarian Linda Weight regarding access to newspapers online:

“If you are looking for material in historic Oregon Newspapers, the University of Oregon is working on digitizing and indexing historic newspapers from around the state.  This is a recent project and so there are not a lot of papers done yet, but it is growing and will continue.  Here is a link to their site: http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu.
Another source is Google:  https://news.google.com/newspapers.

It is amazing the amount of newspaper articles that are available to view at no cost on Google.com/newspapers.

And of course many newspapers now have on-line versions.  Many provide two versions:  a free version with a limited number of articles that can be viewed, either by size of article or quantity of articles per person per time period; and a subscriber version with full access to all articles as well as back-files.”

Membership Dues – Have you paid yours?
October 3rd – Oktoberfest! Visit the SGS booth for German chocolate cake!

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SGS September Meeting

Kim Davis, Guest Speaker
Wednesday’s monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Kim Davis, a certified genealogist speaking on ‘Planning Your Internet Research’.  Join us to hear how you might improve your family research strategies.

SEPTEMBER 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.
View Agenda and July’s meeting Minutes.


From Our Members
Jacquie Beveridge informs us Thomas MacEntee’s latest ebook ($2.99) offers money saving tips for genealogy research. The book is The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists and available through Amazon.  Also included at the end of the book are many ‘exclusive savings’ (MyHeritage= 35% off one-year Premium Plus account & data subscription; Legacy Family Tree Deluxe software = 15% off, Amazon savings on genealogy products, plus more vendor savings).

Merilee Mulvey introduces us to the term ‘library anxiety’. See if you have any of the symptoms – “oftentimes occurring in new genealogists entering a library for the first time in many years”. View the entire article at Ancestry.com’s blog, Don’t Suffer From Library Anxiety: How to Best Research in Libraries. It even provides a cure!

Pat Rongey suggests reading  Ancestry.com’s support article entitled “Why Are My Ancestry DNA Ethnicity Results Different than What I Expected.  A very informative, well written piece with accompanying video.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
For more info:  OKTOBERFEST


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