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.


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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EGS Meeting Announcement

Let’s Go Exploring! No need to drive all over the states; there are many wonderful repositories just beyond your front door.    Bob Barnes will be presenting information about places to visit in the Puget Sound area where there are genealogical holdings.  Join us on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm for an informative evening getting ready for summer research jaunts as day trips.  Let’s go exploring! We meet at the Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004. Visitors are Welcome!


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