EGS Website Updated Link and Meeting Information

Updated EGS Web-site URL:

Next EGS meeting:

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Topic:  Go West, Young Man: Online Resources for the Western United States.  Cowboys, ranchers, miners, & pioneers with wanderlust led to colorful history and lifestyles. Learn about traditional & unique records found in the Wild West.

Speaker: Cyndi Ingle is owner & webmaster of Cyndi’s List, a categorized list of over 336,000 online genealogical resources.  She is also a seminar presenter & an author.

LDS Bellevue South Stake Center
(across 148th from Bellevue College, behind the LDS Temple)
15205 SE 28th Street
Bellevue, WA 98007

Meeting begins at 7:00 pm but doors open at 6:30pm for networking.
Parking is around the building and in the open lot between the Temple and the fire station.
Free admission and free parking.
Visitors are always welcome.


Eastside Genealogical Society January Meeting

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, January 12, 2017 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:  Maps and Genealogy

Genealogists have many tools to describe what our ancestors did. Maps allow us to describe where they did it. This presentation will demonstrate how to build a custom ancestral map in Google Earth.  Resources to build a custom map, like the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries and U.S. Geological Survey, will be discussed. Other online mapping resources, some directly applicable to Google Earth and some not, will also be discussed.

Presenter: Joe Flint

Joe has been doing Genealogy for about 16 years. He is a retired computer programmer and has a Bachelor degree in History from the University of Washington. (Go Dawgs!)  He has been fascinated with maps since childhood and is eager to share the wonders of Maps and Genealogy.

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

German Interest Group meeting

The next German Interest Group meeting will be held on Friday, January 6, 2017 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 about 12:35 pm for Networking and the Sharing Table. Our website is  .  Visitors are always welcome.  (Remember the Family History Center is open before and after our meeting.  It is located on the side back of the church. )

Topic:  Finding the German Village of Birth of Grietje (Wienenga) Bode

Jill Morelli will share how she learned the name of the German village where Grietje was born in 1850.   Ostfriesland is located in the extreme northwest corner of Germany and its isolation resulted in many differences of culture and customs from the more typically studied Palatine and Bavaria sections of the country. Come hear about this little known area of Germany, it’s relationship with The Netherlands, the people’s emigration patterns, and the cultural norms they brought to Midwest America. If you are Ostfriesen–even better!

Speaker: Jill Morelli is a professional genealogist who lives in the Pacific Northwest and lectures across the country specializing in methodology, 19th century Midwest and her Scandinavian and Northern German ancestors. She belongs to numerous societies, is currently President of Seattle Genealogical Society and shares her enthusiasm for her passion with whoever will listen.  You can find her at where she blogs about the lessons she has learned while being “on the clock” and her journey to become a certified genealogist.

The Free Family History Fair 2016 is coming on Saturday, November 12th.  You can learn all about the fair and register at   As in the past, EGS will have a table in the Exhibit Hall.  We are in need of members to sit at the table during the event and answer questions participants might have about our organization.  Sign up for a time slot and email Celia McNay at  today!

Two people are needed for each time shift:  8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm.  Set-up is at 7:30 am and take-down is at 5 pm. 


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.

For more information, kindly visit our website at

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