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"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 the program will be available soon.
Photo Credit: Ancient-origins.net

"Analyzing Photos" - Sep 9 Monthly Meeting

Rev. Schubert's Funeral, possible location Adams Co, Illinois
We looked at the mysteries that our family photographs hold and how we might unravel them. Our expert guest was Maggie Cogswell from the Washington State Archives.
A recording of this presentation is available for OGS members who are logged in to this site. After logging in, see Community Events / Recordings*. PDF resources mentioned in this presentation can be found with the video link. Members logged in can also access pdf's by clicking on Publications/Files, Downloadable Files, Program Materials, "Cogswell...." Two pdfs are posted.
Photo credit: Kerry McHugh Upton's collection, title: Rev Schubert's Funeral.  Location possibly, Adams Co, Illinois

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 ends 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 11am-1pm
  • DNA – Nancy Cordell; meets 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm
  • Family History Writing – Laura Carroll; meets 1st Monday at 6pm
  • FamilySearch.org – Carolyn Gibbons; will start meeting in January 2022
  • FamilyTreeMaker – David Abernathy; meets 4th Thursday 10am
  • Italian (NEW) – Greg Nordlund; schedule TBD.  Contact Greg if you are interested in attending.
  • Legacy (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!

Spring Seminar 2022:
DNA: Today's Matchmaker

Diahan Southard


Our Spring Seminar
featuring Diahan Southard, CG® CGL®
is scheduled for Sat., April 9, 2022.

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

October 19
Monthly Board Meeting
OGS members in good standing are welcome.

October 20
Genealogy Chat
Contact Peggy Cooley for more info.

October 20
MyHeritage SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on MyHeritage SIG for Zoom link.  Can access 15 mins before start of meeting. ...

October 21
Family Tree Maker SIG
Faciliator: David Abernathy  Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Family Tree Maker for Zoom link.  Can access ...

October 23
Ancestry.com SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Ancestry.com for Zoom link.  Can access 15 mins before start of meeting. ...
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