German Special Interest Group Meeting Info

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, November 4, 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:  “Books for Researching Your German Ancestors”: Members are bringing the books they have found helpful for researching in the US & in Europe and will very briefly tell about each one. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the best books and get ideas for your Christmas Wish Lists or/and your winter research reading. Also, some of these books may be available through your local library.

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EGS Meeting Announcement for November 10, 2016

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in the Bellevue Regional Library (Room 1), 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:45 pm for networking.

Topic:  “PROFILE OF A QUAKER – Friends in Colonial America” will be presented by Steven W. Morrison, a professional genealogist and speaker.  The profile of a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) can be as distinctive as a fingerprint. This is due to their ethnic origin, belief system, marriage practices, and separate record structure. This session will teach you profiling techniques, so you can spot a QUAKER in colonial America. Come learn how you might identify a Quaker among your ancestors.

Also see our website for FREE genealogical help and other Special Interest Group meetings. Visitors are always welcome at all meetings.

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.