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"Research at NARA" - Dec 9 OGS Monthly Meeting

December's general meeting will feature a presentation by staff from the Seattle branch of the National Archives (NARA). The program will highlight a couple of interesting collections at NARA, and an overview of how to do research at the Archives, how to receive materials, how visiting the Seattle branch has changed since the pandemic and what the current process is. The information will be as valuable to those researching families in Washington as those with roots anywhere in the country.

Spring Seminar 2022
DNA: Today's Matchmaker

Diahan Southard


Our Spring Seminar
featuring Diahan Southard
is scheduled for Sat., April 9, 2022.
Registration is OPEN!

"Organized Research" - Nov 11 Monthly Meeting

Our speaker was Lori Lee Sauber, a Washington genealogist and owner of a genealogy business, LSquared Innovations. Lori Lee provided A to Z guidance for managing a genealogical research project so you get the outcome of your dreams every time. Learn how basic project management techniques and the use of creative tools will vault your research process into assured success. What you do with your research information when you’re done is key to knowing how to maintain an organized research process.
A recording of this presentation is available for OGS members who login to this site; see Community Events / Recordings.  Handouts and links to her website also posted with recording link.

"Member Stories" - Oct 14 Monthly Meeting

A number of our members shared spooky stories about their families and unexplained phenomena! When we finished these creepy tales, we had an open mic for members to share interesting family finds, confounding research questions, eccentric cousins and solved mysteries.
We also had breakout rooms for several potential additional SIGs including Legacy software, RootsMagic software, MyHeritage.com, and FindMyPast.com.
A recording of this program is available for OGS members who are logged on to this site.  After logging in, see Community Events/Recordings*.  Enjoy!

New OGS Membership Year Began Sept. 1

Dues-paying OGS members (except those who joined after June 1 this year or who already have renewed) may renew on-line after logging in to this site. After logging in, please follow the directions to renew your membership. A link to the referenced "Member Profile" page can be found in the menu in the left column under "Members Login". The membership renewal grace period ended Oct 31.
If you have any trouble logging in or renewing your membership, please contact us at membership@olygensoc.org.

Special Interest Groups 2021-2022

With the beginning of the new year, our SIGs are getting started up again. SIGs are open to all current members.  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!
We have a few changes to this year’s SIG line-up. Our current line-up of SIGs and facilitators is as follows:
  • Ancestry.com – Greg Nordlund; meets 4th Saturday 11 am - 1 pm
  • DNA – Nancy Cordell; meets 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm
  • Family History Writing – Laura Carroll; meets 1st Monday at 6 pm
  • FamilySearch.org – Carolyn Gibbons; will start meeting in January 2022
  • FamilyTreeMaker – David Abernathy; meets 4th Thursday 10 am
  • Genealogy Chat (NEW) - Peggy Cooley; meets 3rd Wednesday 1:00 pm beginning in October
  • Italian (NEW) – Greg Nordlund; meets quarterly (Nov, Feb, May, Aug) 1st Saturday 11 am
  • Legacy Family Tree  (NEW) – Jerri McCoy; schedule TBD
  • MyHeritage.com (NEW) – Jan Wells-Minzel; meets 3rd Wednesday 6:30 pm beginning in October
A special thanks to the above SIG facilitators!

Washington State Genealogy & Family History group

A new group dedicated to Washington State genealogy and family history research now has been formed at https://groups.io/g/Washington-State-Genealogy. Please join if you want help or can offer help, and spread the word to your cousins and colleagues. Join on the website or send a blank email to Washington-State-Genealogy+subscribe@groups.io
Queries are welcome! Also welcome are notices of upcoming Washington State genealogy society meetings, historical society and museum events, resources and meetings, local library news, and anything else related to Washington state genealogical research and family history. 

Changes to Ordering Birth and Death Certificates

Important changes have been made to the ordering of birth and death certificates effective 1 Jan 2021 as a result of a new vital records law. See WA Dept. of Health FAQ web page for more info.

1950 U.S. Federal Census Data . . .

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 Newsletter

December 6
Family History Writing SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Family History Writing SIG for Zoom link.  Can access 15 mins before ...

December 9
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Program: TBD

December 14
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on DNA for Zoom link.  Can access 15 mins before start of meeting. ...

December 15
Genealogy Chat SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Genealogy Chat SIG for Zoom link.  Can access 15 mins before ...

December 15
MyHeritage SIG Meeting Cancelled
***Meeting Cancelled***  Will resume in January 2022
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