Facebook Presentation Follow Up

Jacquie Beveridge did a great job at last night’s SGS meeting with introducing us to the many features of Facebook, including genealogy groups and other links which can be found at that site.  (If you missed the meeting, or want to hear the audio again, click HERE.)  During the presentation, there was interest among several members on  how to add a “favorite” page/group to a Facebook  home page.  As promised, Jacquie has provided the instructions HERE.  Throughout the evening, we visited and discussed a number of websites.  Click a title below to re-visit those sites.

Cyndi’s List – Social Networking for Genealogy (Facebook)
Cyndi’s List – Uses for Facebook in Genealogy
Ancestry.com’s Using Facebook to Grow Your Family Tree
Family Search – Genealogy Help on Facebook
Facebook – Genealogy Group
You Tube Video – How to Find Genealogy Pages & Groups on Facebook
Young Savvy Genealogists Blog
Swedish American Genealogy Group on Facebook

There was also some discussion last night on how to join your Haplogroup.  Karen Childs contributes this information:
1 – Google Haplogroup******** (*add your personal haplogroup )
2 – When the page comes up there will be the word ‘ JOIN.’
Click on it and join the group.
‘Why join?  Because there is a ton of information on your haplogroup to study and  learn.’ – Karen

There is sure to be additional information on this at next month’s DNA presentation by Kevin Mittge.

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Siuslaw Genealogy Society News

FREE E-BOOK (until May 11)
Wondering what to do with your genealogy research?
Member Jacquie Beveridge suggests downloading the free E-book After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee.  Available HERE.

Special thanks to Pat Rongey, Pat Ness and Debbie Wakimoto for setting up and maintaining the Genealogy booth, and to Merilee Mulvey for her contribution of trail mix packages at the Florence Green Fair last weekend.  They were on hand throughout the day to answer questions and distribute family history information. The booth looked great!

Siuslaw Genealogy Society booth

Featured speaker will be member Jacquie Beveridge on social media.

Coming Soon Events



Eugene 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Download Registration Form.


* * *  SGS PICNIC August 19 * * *  Stay tuned for details!

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SGS Activities and Reminders

FLORENCE GREEN FAIR – Saturday, May 2nd 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Florence Events Center  Click for more fair info.
Visit the SGS booth!

The next monthly SGS meeting is May 20th.
Featured speaker will be member Jacquie Beveridge on Social Media.  See you there!

Oregon Genealogical Society’s Family History Seminar – May 30th,  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:  The Living Hope Church, Eugene
Featuring Genetic Genealogist, Emily Aulicino;  Download Registration Form.

Recycle Fundraising Project Update
In the last 16 months SGS has submitted nearly 400 pounds of electronic devices, toner and inkjet cartridges and cell phones for recycling. A fundraising check for our efforts is pending.


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Ancestry.com Announcments

Member Merilee Mulvey is spreading the word of  “another GREAT happening from Ancestry.com . . .  Ancestry Academy.  I think it will help all of our members with learning new techniques for researching!”

Member Jacquie Beveridge wants everyone to know about a special savings offer for Ancestry’s DNA testing kit ($79 + shipping).  The offer ends April 27 at 11:59 p.m. If you’ve been thinking about ordering your test kit, this might be your incentive!  ORDER HERE.  Kevin Mittge will be giving a presentation on DNA and genealogy at the June 17th monthly meeting, so if you order your kit today, you may have results by then!

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Recycle Program Certificate and Other Announcements

2015 Greener Florence Certificate

The Siuslaw Genealogical Society received a certificate of appreciation for a Greener Florence from the City for our Recycle Project. Lea Rudd accepted the certificate at the April 20th City Council meeting.  Special thanks to SGS Treasurer Pat Rongey for her continuing efforts in our on-going recycle fundraising program.

FLORENCE GREEN FAIR  May 2nd, Florence Event Center; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit the SGS booth!

OGS FAMILY HISTORY SEMINAR May 30th, Eugene 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:  The Living Hope Church   ~Featuring Genetic Genealogist, Emily Aulicino ~

The Oregon Genealogical Society’s Family History Seminar includes topics on Writing Your Childhood and Family Memories, How to Choose a DNA Testing Company, Sharing Your Research with Family, and DNA Success Stories.  Download Registration Form.

“I have gone to several OGS seminars and they are very informative.”  Merilee Mulvey

SUMMER PICNIC – August 19th
Jacquie Beveridge has reserved the Elk’s RV Recreation Hall for another SGS summer get-together!  Jim Barrett is this year’s picnic Chairman.  Stay tuned for more details!


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Genealogy Announcements

Member Jacquie Beveridge reports in honor of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (April 9), Fold3 is making its Civil War records collection available, free through April 30. If you’ve been wanting to search U.S. military records, take advantage of this great opportunity.  Start searching Fold3.com Civil War records here.  Run a search in the collection, and when you click to view a record, you’ll be prompted to set up a Free Basic Fold3 membership (or to sign in to your current account).

Members Jacquie Beveridge and Merilee Mulvey attended last month’s seminar on Finding Irish and Scots-Irish Roots in Medford.  They had an enjoyable learning experience and came back with great information.  By special permission, SGS has been allowed to share the seminar handout here.

In addition, Jacquie lists the following links for others who may be researching Irish genealogy:
Bibliography for Eighteenth Century Migration
National Library-Family History 1
National Library – Family History 2
National Library – Family History 3

Timeline for the Plantation of Ulster

NAI Guide to Genealogy
National Archives General Guide
National Archives Help Notes

National Library Help Notes
PRONI Help Notes
Historical Timeline



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SGS April 15 Meeting

This month’s meeting of the Siuslaw Genealogical Society features the 30 minute film ‘Interviewing Kin and Mining Home Sources’. This is one of a new DVD series now available in the library.
Following the video, there will be a discussion of upcoming programs for SGS, and a sneak peek at an idea for a series of programs for next year.

APRIL 15, 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 discussion.


It is with great sadness we report the recent passing of SGS member Joyce Harris. She passed away suddenly last month in Benson, Arizona. According to member Pat Ness, “Joyce was very enthusiastic about genealogy and her family history research”.

SGS Treasurer Pat Rongey who is involved with the Deadwood Cemetery revitalization project, reports the group received a grant from Western Lane Community Foundation for software and computer equipment. The group has mapped the graves, continues to do grounds improvements and will begin replacing missing and temporary grave markers. They invite the public to a Memorial Day – Heritage Day event with ‘Pioneer’ actors, historic displays and demonstrations.

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