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Note to Dues-Paying OGS Members

See the note on the Membership page about 2022-2023 membership renewal.

FTM 2019 24.1.0 What is new!

Interested in exploring a new family tree database?
Family Tree Maker by Software MacKiev (https://www.mackiev.com/ftm/) was upgraded with a new release (FTM 2019 24.1.0) on August 11.  Mark Olsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador, will be our guest speaker at a special FTM SIG program.  For those members who are not currently part of the FTM SIG, contact David Abernathy at ftmsig@olygensoc.orgMeeting will be live on Google Meet; October 5, 7:00 pm.

"Roslyn Cemeteries" - Oct 13 Meeting

Tucked into the historical mining town of Roslyn, Washington, which was founded in 1886, the Roslyn Cemeteries are 26 distinct multi-ethnic cemeteries two hours away from Olympia. The operation of the cemeteries is overseen by the Roslyn Ronald Cle Elum Heritage Club’s Roslyn Cemetery Committee. Maria Adams, the Vice Chair of the Committee, and Lynda Solter, Committee Historian, will share history of the cemeteries and discuss ongoing innovative projects they are working on with local community partners, including Central Washington University.
The Zoom link for this meeting will be posted here the day before the meeting.

“Preparing for a Research Trip” - Sep 8 Meeting

Shawna Valentine
Shawna Valentine presented “How To Prepare for a Research Trip”. Although a lot of research is done from the screens of our home computers today, not everything is online, and nothing can replace the experience of being in the same environment that our ancestors once called home.  The time will come when we want to view manuscripts or documents that are only available in the locality, or we want to see former homes, landmarks, or tombstones. Locating what we hope to find requires careful planning. We learned organizational techniques that will help us prepare before we go.
A recording of the Zoom meeting is now available for OGS members.  Log in to the website and click on left side banner Community Events / Recordings*. This recording will be available for 30 days, for members only.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) updates for 2022-23

It’s that time of year again to start up SIGs for the year.  Make this year the year to attend a SIG meeting or two!  This is a great venue to get to know more about genealogy software, DNA, how to write your story or ethnic research.  The plus side is getting to know fellow members in a small group setting.  Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a benefit of membership so make sure your membership status is updated to access this wonderful benefit.  As we have been doing the last couple of years, the meetings will be held virtually.  However, we are switching the platform for our meetings to Google MeetGoogle Meet functions much like Zoom for the attendees.  You’ll find similar buttons that Zoom has.  The gain for changing over is that the SIG facilitator will be the one sending out invites and creating the meeting links.  The links will still be found on the corresponding SIG webpage.  If you would like to be on the SIG list, please send an email to the facilitator to be included on their list of members.  You’ll find their email contact on the Membership List.
Feel free to contact the facilitator to learn more about a group. More information is shared on the SIG pages and the related Forums once you have logged onto the OGS website.  Access to the SIGs and Forums is a benefit of membership; if you aren't a member yet, join up and start taking in all that OGS membership offers!!
Special Interest Groups and Facilitators:
  • ANCESTRY - Greg Nordlund; meets 4th Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • DNA - Nancy Cordell; meets 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm
  • FAMILY HISTORY WRITING - Laura Carroll meets 1st Monday 6:00 - 8:00 pm (note September will meet 9/12/22)
  • FAMILY TREE MAKER - David Abernathy; meets 4th Thursday 10:00 am
  • FAMILY SEARCH.org – Carolyn Gibbons; meets 4th Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • GENEALOGY CHAT - Peggy Cooley; meets 3rd Wednesday 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • ITALIAN - Greg Nordlund; meets quarterly (Nov, Feb, May, Aug) 1st Saturday 11:00 am.
  • LEGACY FAMILY TREE - Jerri McCoy; meets 3rd Saturday 1:00 pm
OGS is always interested in starting new SIGs, if you have a topic in mind please contact Kerry Upton. Every SIG needs a coordinator, please let Kerry know if you are willing to be a SIG coordinator. All SIG meetings will be hosted on Google Meet.

What's in the WA State Archives - Jun 9 Meeting

Dr. Jewell Lorenz Dunn of the Washington State Archives (Southwest Regional Branch) was the speaker at our June 9 general membership meeting. The topic was "Records found in our archives and a brief explanation of the difference between federal and state repositories."
Three members of the Olympia Genealogical Society are 2022 recipients of the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Washington State Genealogical Society: Eileen Dodge, Norman Dodge, and Kathy Erlandson. Roxanne Lowe, secretary of the Washington State Genealogical Society, presented their awards.
The members of the 2022-2023 OGS Executive Board were elected by the membership.  2022-2023 officers are Laurel Haas (president), William Kautz (vice president), Jean Coons (secretary), and Karin Coppernoll (treasurer).
A recording of the Zoom meeting is available for OGS members.  Log in to the website and click on left side banner Community Events / Recordings*. 

1950 U.S. Federal Census Data has been released!

See the National Archives website for more information.

Welcome to Our Website!

The Olympia Genealogical Society's website is designed to allow our members to engage with each other as they trace their ancestors, fill out their family trees, and discover their family histories. We want to make this site a dynamic experience where members can share with and learn from one another. Here are just a few ways to engage on this site today:
If you aren’t already an OGS member, please consider joining and engaging with our community. To do so, see Membership in the menu in the left column.
Non-members can join our MailChimp mailing list by registering here.

OGS Surname Database

OGS provides a searchable public database to which an OGS member can add the surnames of their ancestors. At this writing, the database includes 348 entries. See OGS Surname Database for more information.

OGS Newsletter

October 3
Family History Writing SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Family History Writing SIG for GoogleMeet link.  Can access 10 mins before start ...

October 5
Special FTM 2019 24.1.0 What is new
Interested in exploring a new family tree database?  Family Tree Maker by Software MacKiev has just upgraded their program August 11, 2022 with a new ...

October 11
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on DNA for GoogleMeet link.  Can access 10 mins before start of meeting.  Also may ...

October 13
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Program: Maria Adams and Lynda Solter of the Roslyn Ronald Cle Elum Heritage Club will share history of the Roslyn cemeteries and discuss ongoing innovative ...

October 15
Legacy Family Tree SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Legacy Family Tree for GoogleMeets link.  Can access 10 mins before start of ...
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