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.

    For more information, kindly visit our website at  .

  • 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.


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