More EGS News!

More EGS News!

1. The Bellevue Regional Library is holding a genealogy boot camp this Saturday, October 8th, 10-6. The schedule is as follows:

Computer Classes (Computer Lab, 2nd Floor)

10-11:30 “Genealogy Online with Family Search” by Celia McNay (EGS) register online

12-1:30 “Finding Gold in Pensions and Military Records on Fold3” by Bob Barnes (EGS) register online

 Lectures (Room 1)

2 PM “Skip Tracing” by Kim Ositis

3 PM “Your House Has a History, Too” by Midori Okazaki (Puget Sound Archives)

4 PM “Beyond Ancestry” by Claudia Breland

KCLS Database Demonstrations and Self-Guided Learning (Tech Lab, Bellevue Parking Garage) — 10 AM & 11 AM First come, first served

 Space is still available in all sessions.

2.  There is a new Special Interest Group being formed – the England/Wales SIG. The first meeting will be on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the LDS Church in Bellevue from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The address is 10675 NE 20the St. It will be in the Relief Society room. You can enter from the outside through a sliding glass door. Those of you who have been attending other SIGs meeting in this facility will know where it is. We will see if this time works for most of the interested participants. We may have other meetings outside of this time frame periodically accommodate more people. If you need to contact me, my email is  Carol Pattison

3.  Recently a mother brought to the Bellevue Library her deceased daughter’s yearbooks from Chinook MS and Bellevue HS. She wanted to donate them to the Genealogy Society. However, this is something the library cannot take. Darcy Brixey, from the library, called Chinook MS to see if they wanted the yearbooks from Chinook, and the library there said YES. Bellevue HS already has those years. (78-80). The library is looking for suggestions for what to do with the yearbooks from Bellevue High for the years 1978-1980. If you have an idea, please contact Darcy Brixey at

EGS News

Here is some news from EGS:

  • The next EGS meeting will be held Thursday, October 13th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA.  Our topic will be “Show & Tell Night.”  Members are asked to tell about their most interesting deceased relative and show some items related to their family history.
  • The Legacy SIG is changing to a new day and time starting in November. We’ll be meeting the 3rd Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., still at the same location — the LDS church in the Relief Society Room.The October meeting will be Thurs, Oct 6 from 10:00 am to noon.
  • The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking.  Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

    Topic:  Marburg, Germany, historic capital of Hessia
    The town of Marburg, Germany, with its Marburger Schloss castle, museums, cathedrals and 16th century half-timbered houses, was once the seat of the Hessian government, thus the homeland of many of the early German immigrants to the U.S. In addition to Hessia’s cache of genealogical records, Marburg is home to many intriguing stories, having been at the crossroads of significant events throughout history. In the 1200s, Elizabeth of Thuringia cared for the sick there; the stories of her sainthood and miracles live on through the majestic medieval St. Elizabeth Cathedral. In addition to its Catholic roots, Marburg is the location of the first Protestant university. In 1529, at a key moment of the Reformation, whether or not the various factions of Luther’s Reformation could agree hung in the balance at the Marburg Colloquy. At one time the town was home to the Brothers Grimm. In her powerpoint presentation, Claire Gebben will share sights and history about Marburg she learned while visiting there this past spring.

    Speaker:  Claire Gebben is the author of The Last of the Blacksmiths, a novel set in the mid-19th century based on the true story of her German immigrant great-great grandfather. Ms. Gebben’s articles have appeared in Family Chronicle Magazine, Fiske Genealogical Foundation Newsletter, and her piece on German Separatist Zoar Village in Ohio appeared in the June/July 2016 issue of German Life magazine. She is the historian of the 163-year-old First United Methodist Church of Seattle, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

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  • The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present as our speaker, CYNDI INGLE, of the world famous CYNDISLIST.COM website, speaking on the topic of “Building a Digital Research Plan.”
    DATE:  Monday, October 10, 2016
    LDS Factoria Building
    4200 124th Ave SE
    Bellevue, WA  98006

    *Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library
    and Family History Center’s genealogical resources!
    *Free Wi-Fi and FREE access to fee-based genealogical websites available
    *Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
    *Free admission and refreshments

    Using Internet databases and catalogs, Cyndi Ingle, of, will show us how to build our own research plans to answer a specific research question. She will walk through the process of planning, researching for the plan, and keeping track of what has been researched.

    Cyndi Ingle is the owner and webmaster of Cyndi’s List, a categorized index to more than 333,000 online genealogical resources. The award-winning website, which was launched in 1996, and can be accessed through the following link: . It helps millions of visitors worldwide and has been featured by the History Channel website, in the media, and in several publications, including Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy magazines. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. She’s a nationally known and sought-after guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars, and is the author of three books: Netting Your Ancestors, Cyndi’s List: A Comprehensive List of 70,000 Genealogy Sites on the Internet (a print version of her website), and Planting Your Family Tree Online: How to Create Your Own Family History Web Site.

Ancestry Day In Washington State

Join experts from Ancestry, Washington State Archives, Washington State Library, Legacy Washington, and the Washington State Historical Society for this great event. Registration for Ancestry Day presentations on Saturday is $35.00, and you can purchase a box lunch and attend the guest lunch speaker for $15.00. AncestryDNA® kits will also be available for purchase.

Saturday, Sept. 24, will feature a full day of classes, including:
• Ancestry101: New & Review
• Getting the Most from
• Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research
• Ancestry FAQs
• Sharing Your Family Story

Friday, Sept. 23, will feature several presentations from area experts, including*:
• Tracy Rebstock, Washington State Archives
• Mary Kathryn Kozy, Professional Genealogist
• Lynette Miller, Head of Collections at the Research Center of the Washington State Historical Society
• Karen Wallace Steely, Professional Genealogist
• Kathryn Devine, Washington State Library

Door prizes on Saturday include AncestryDNA kits, memberships to,,, and many items of value.

*There is a separate charge for the Friday presentations.

To Register or for more information go to:
Ancestry Day

Upcoming September EGS meeting

“When It’s Time to Call in the Pros”   The September Eastside Genealogical Society meeting will include a panel of three professional researchers who are members of APG (Association of Professional Genealogist) discussing the various aspects of hiring a professional.   They will cover such topics as:  where to find someone in the business, certified or not; how time is billed; a range of costs; types of research activities typically covered; Code of Ethics; and  do’s and don’ts.   The meeting will be Thursday, Sept 8th at the Bellevue Regional Library at 7 pm, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA.  Visitors Welcome!

German Interest Group News

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking.  Visitors are always welcome at all meetings.

Topic: Germanic Surname Distribution Maps can help focus on an area where family surnames most frequently appear. Surname maps are generally created using population lists, such as censuses, electoral rolls, taxation records and telephone directories. The maps “graphically display locations where surnames occurred at different periods in time.”  Where the surname concentration is at the highest, it indicates the region a given spelling of the name was first adopted. The maps are a starting point for research in the home country. If your surname is less common and from families that have remained in an area in the country over time, the better success at using the maps for hints as to where to search next. Additional resources addressed will include general surname search strategies, use of umlauts in German and American surnames and use of wildcards searches in

Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata, as a genealogist, has researched her own family history for over 25 years. She is a seminar presenter and trainer in a variety of genealogy subjects to societies and libraries across Washington; a newsletter editor of the Kittitas County Genealogy Society (KCGS); a publicity chairman and past-president of South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).   She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History program.

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EGS Meeting Announcement

Let’s Go Exploring! No need to drive all over the states; there are many wonderful repositories just beyond your front door.    Bob Barnes will be presenting information about places to visit in the Puget Sound area where there are genealogical holdings.  Join us on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm for an informative evening getting ready for summer research jaunts as day trips.  Let’s go exploring! We meet at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004. Visitors are Welcome!