Digging Deep – Doing Historical Research

Free Class / October 19 / 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM / Bellevue

Digging Deep – Doing Historical Research


Digging Deep is for local heritage volunteers, teachers, students, beginning genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past.  You’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic.

This class will cover:

·       What historical sources are—and how to use them;

·       What primary sources are—and aren’t;

·       What secondary sources are—and why they’re useful

·       How to use the library system in your research;

·       How to use archival collections;

·       How to find and use reliable online resources; How to properly cite your sources;

·       How to use information from different sources.

Seats are limited.  Register now at https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/recordsmanagement/trainingsignup.aspx

Scroll down to “Public Events” and click on the “Register” button for “Digging Deep: Doing Historical Research”

For further information, contact Mike Saunders, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch at mike.saunders@sos.wa.gov or 425-564-3950.

DNA in the News

Our society genealogist, Jennifer Strickland, shares this news.
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NON-European owners will have their raw data automatically transferred to MyHeritage
Promethease currently contains hundreds of thousands of raw DNA files uploaded by customers who have tested with services such as Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA. The vast majority of Promethease customers are from the United States. As of November 1st, 2019, for existing non-European Promethease users only, the DNA data that is on Promethease will be copied to the MyHeritage website into new user accounts that will be created for them. Users who have uploaded DNA files to Promethease will retain ownership of their data (MyHeritage asserts no ownership rights over the DNA data), and manage it on the MyHeritage website in private accounts accessible only to them, and receive free value-add services, including ethnicity estimates and DNA matching for relatives. This is in addition to the accounts they will continue to maintain on Promethease. Non-European Promethease users who are not interested in having their DNA data and accounts copied to MyHeritage can log in to Promethease and delete their DNA data permanently before November 1st, 2019, and their DNA data and accounts will not be copied. Promethease users will also be able to delete their DNA data and accounts permanently from MyHeritage and Promethease at any time thereafter. MyHeritage will de-duplicate the DNA data so that DNA kits that have already been uploaded separately to MyHeritage by the same users will not be copied over to MyHeritage again. For new users who sign up to Promethease on or after November 1st, 2019 and upload DNA data, it will be copied to new accounts created for them on MyHeritage on an ongoing basis.


Promethease will send an email notification to all of its users in the coming week with details about the acquisition by MyHeritage and instructions regarding the potential data copy for non-European users, and instructions for opting in by European users. MyHeritage applies a strict privacy policy regarding DNA data, has never sold or licensed it to any third parties, and its privacy policy prohibits it from doing so without receiving explicit informed user consent. For as long as Promethease users have not granted such informed consent explicitly to MyHeritage, MyHeritage will never sell or license their DNA data to any third party.

Lake Stevens Museum Celebrates!

The Lake Stevens Museum celebrates its 30th Anniversary on September 22, 2019. The celebration will include a pie social, exhibits, speakers and best pie contest. The celebration will be from 2-5 pm at 1804 124th Ave NE, in downtown Lake Stevens.



Genealogical Forum of Oregon Fall Seminar



It won’t be long until the 2019 GFO Fall Seminar, featuring Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG! This will be an exceptional educational opportunity that we are exited to bring to our membership and the community at large. Dr. Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist® (through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden, and he is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. He is also a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The full-day session on Saturday, October 5th, will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland) and will focus on German Research, while the half-day presentation at the GFO Library on Sunday, October 6th, will provide an introduction to Dutch research. Download the flyer for full details. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and register early!