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

EGS Field Trip to the Family Discovery Center

EGS Field Trip to the  Family Discovery Center is this Thursday, May 19th.  There are plenty of openings for the 6 pm or the 7 pm tour.  The address is 15205 SE 28th St, Bellevue, 98007.  It is located in the LDS church building behind the temple on 148th Ave, across the street from Bellevue College.  Turn by the fire station and there is plenty of free parking in the far back.  It is the same building where we had Cyndi of Cyndi’s List come speak last fall.

If you want to record any stories in the recording booths, bring a jump drive with you.  They can email you the file, but it might be large to download.   This is a great place to bring your grandkids to WOW them about genealogy.  It is free and all ages are welcome.

See you there!