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WA State Library Resources - June 8 Meeting

Mary Paynton Schaff, Washington State LibraryMary Paynton Schaff is Northwest Librarian at the Washington State Library, where she has worked since 2005, assisting library users with research on Pacific Northwest history, government, and genealogy. She also serves on the Washington Committee for Geographic Names.
Join us to hear Mary give an update about the resources, services, and expertise the Washington State Library provides to genealogists, and then help WSL plan for the future by providing valuable input for how they can best assist you. She’ll also discuss the important work of geographic naming in our state, and how genealogists can lend a hand there as well.
The Zoom link for this meeting will be provided here prior to the meeting.

Planning a Future for Your Family's Past - May 11

Ancestors' photos, stories, documents, and heirlooms are part of your family's past, and they deserve to be protected to share with future generations. The PASS (Prepare / Allocate / Set up / Share) process can help in organizing and storing family history materials; setting priorities for keeping key items and finding new homes for other items; writing a "genealogical will" to safeguard your collection for the future; and sharing your family's history now. This presentation also included ideas to consider if there are no obvious heirs for your genealogy research and materials.
Marian Burk Wood is the author of the popular genealogy book, Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past. An experienced speaker and a long-time blogger about family history issues and methodology (at https://ClimbingMyFamilyTree.blogspot.com), she earned an MBA from Long Island University and a BA from the City University of New York. Marian is a Bronx native transplanted to New England who has been researching her family tree for 25 years, with a special interest in preserving family history.
A recording of this meeting is now available for OGS members. Click on Community Events / Recordings* and click on "Future Planning" to view the recording. Program material is available under Publications / Downloadable Files / Program Materials-OGS Only*.

2023 Spring Seminar

Our Spring Seminar was held
Saturday, April 15, 2023
with featured speaker
The Legal Genealogist®,
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM.
See 2023 Spring Seminar for more information. 

Research in Other Countries - Apr 13 Meeting

So you've been tracking down your ancestors and you've finally arrived to the one who immigrated to America – now what? Do you feel that the only choices you have are to travel to that country for further research (but you can't speak that language!!) or hire a professional “over there” to do the work for you? We heard from three of our own OGS members on their research in Norway and Italy as Linda Fialkowski, Jon Halvorson, and Greg Nordlund shared their techniques, tips and recommendations with us.
See handouts in Program Materials.
A recording of this meeting is now available for OGS members. Click on Community Events / Recordings* and click on "Countries" to view the recording. Program material is available under Publications / Downloadable Files / Program Materials.
Linda Fialkowski     Jon Halvorson     Greg Nordlund

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 7:00 - 9:00 pm (note change in start time)
  • FAMILY TREE MAKER - David Abernathy; meets 3rd Tuesday 1:00 - 3:00 pm (note changes)
  • 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.

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.

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

June 5
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 ...

June 8
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Program: TBD

June 13
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 ...

June 17
Board Retreat

June 17
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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