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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