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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! Register now!

"1950 US Census" - Feb 10 OGS Monthly Meeting

Marian Wood“Get Ready for the 1950 US Census” will be the topic of the presentation at our February general meeting. The 1950 census will be released in April and our guest, Marian B. Wood, will help us understand what it will look like, how to access it and how you can browse the documents for ancestors and interpret what you find. If your parents, grandparents, siblings, or other family members were counted in the 1950 US Census, you'll want to be ready to look for them when these records are made public. Learn about the quirks and assumptions built into the enumeration process!
OGS members who login to this site also can access Ms. Wood's handout for this meeting under Publications/Files / Downloadable Files / Program Materials - OGS Only.
The Zoom link for this meeting will be posted here.

"Writing Your Own Obituary" - Jan 13 OGS Meeting

Roxanne LoweJanuary’s presenter was Western Washington genealogist Roxanne Lowe. For most of us, our obituary may be the most important thing that will ever be written about us. So why not write it yourself? We learned how to look at our lives and the lives of those in our trees in a new light. Roxanne shared tips and examples of humorous, serious and poignant obituaries.
A recording of the Zoom meeting is now available.  Available at Community Events/*Recordings. 
Corresponding worksheet also available at this location or at Publications/Downloadable Files/Program Materials/Lowe  Enjoy!!


"Research at NARA" - Dec 9 OGS Monthly Meeting

December's general meeting featured a presentation by staff from the Seattle branch of the National Archives (NARA). The program highlighted 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 recording of the presentation is now available for current members to watch. Once logged on, you'll find the recording under Community Events/Recordings*. This recording will be available until March 20, 2022. Presentation materials are available for current members at Publications/Downloadable Files
Please log in to enjoy all that is offered of this great presentation!

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 – On hold indefinitely, or unless we have a facilitator
  • 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. 

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

February 5
Italian SIG
Log on to OGS website, click on SIGs in main nav menu, click on Italian SIG for Zoom link.  Can access 15 mins before start ...

February 7
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 ...

February 8
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. ...

February 10
Monthly General Membership Meeting
Program: Marian B. Wood will present "Get Ready for the 1950 US Census".

February 15
Monthly Board Meeting
OGS members in good standing are welcome.
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