Talking Genealogy to a Non-Genealogist

Most genealogists are very eager and excited to share all about their family tree. There is an interesting article that has some tips on how to talk to someone that is not a family history buff about your genealogy. You can find the article here:  Talking-to-non-genealogists   Great tips if you will be seeing family this summer, or anytime!


Introducing Celia McNay, EGS’s New President

Introducing Celia McNay:  Thank you to everyone in EGS who have supported me as the incoming president for the next two years.  I am humbled and excited to be able to rub shoulders with all of you.  Building on the foundation that we have, I hope to move forward with great programs in the future.  We have a good solid board with experience, but we need everyone’s ideas and help.  There will be lots of opportunities for you to volunteer for activities to share the load.  Be sure to visit our webpage, read the blog, and bring a friend to meetings.  If you have an idea for a program topic, let us know.  Be sure to pay your dues so we can continue to bring in great speakers (like Cyndi of Cyndi’s list who spoke to us last fall), host classes and workshops, and purchase books for the genealogical section of the library.  I would love to hear from you.  This is my email, so drop me a line!  Celia McNay –

For those who want to know a bit about me, I grew up in California and met my husband in 6th grade.  We ran with the same crowd, dated in high school, and married after our first year of college.  I dropped out of school to work Glen through, then had six children before getting back to my degree.  It took 14 years to get a bachelor’s degree taking one class at a time!  I graduated with a degree in Family history and Genealogy from Brigham Young University in December 2013.  We have lived in North Bend for the past 20 years.  I work part time for an orthodontics office doing their insurance billing.  With Glen and I getting close to retirement, we are both looking forward to spending more time on our personal lines of research.  Glen’s the computer wiz and I am the researcher/teacher.  Celia McNay, EGS President

EGS Field Trip to the Family Discovery Center

EGS Field Trip to the  Family Discovery Center is this Thursday, May 19th.  There are plenty of openings for the 6 pm or the 7 pm tour.  The address is 15205 SE 28th St, Bellevue, 98007.  It is located in the LDS church building behind the temple on 148th Ave, across the street from Bellevue College.  Turn by the fire station and there is plenty of free parking in the far back.  It is the same building where we had Cyndi of Cyndi’s List come speak last fall.

If you want to record any stories in the recording booths, bring a jump drive with you.  They can email you the file, but it might be large to download.   This is a great place to bring your grandkids to WOW them about genealogy.  It is free and all ages are welcome.

See you there!

EGS May 12th Meeting Information

“Discover Yourself at the Discovery Center” for the Eastside Genealogy Society May 12th meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Library.   Representatives from the newest family history center will be here to tell us about this exciting multimedia Discovery Center.  Designed to interest all ages, including your grandchildren, you can learn the origin of your name, see where your family migrated from on a large touch screen map, and record stories in the state of the art recording booths.  Bring a jump drive to take your stories home and share them with others.  This unique Discovery Center is free and open to the public by appointment.  EGS has reserved the entire Center for a May 19th field trip at 6-8 pm.  Sign up at the meeting to join this field trip.