Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stephen Cornick Named Outstanding Volunteer


Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized more than 400 outstanding volunteers, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2014 award recipients and learn why they received the 2014 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.
 


Today we're introducing Stephen Roe Cornick was nominated by the Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS).  He was recognized for his exceptional leadership to support the goals and operation of the Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS).

Mr. Cornick has been an active member of the CCGS for over eight years. He is their immediate Past President, having served as President for four years prior to which he served as Secretary to the Board of Directors for two years.

Mr. Cornick was called on by the CCGS to reshape a dysfunctional organization which was trying to recover from an exodus of approximately 300 members in a short period of time. He commenced a redefinition in leadership roles, redefined the Board from being discrete role players to being part of a super-management team. He also broke through the protocol that caused some members to suppress their opinions or suggestions for fear of offending each other.

Mr. Cornick also revised the CCGS annual fund appeal, resulting in a nearly 100 percent increase in support from the membership. As a result of his leadership efforts, he richly deserved the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Award.

 

Kittitas County Genealogical Society News Flash

Tell Your Two Minute Genealogy Story at Jan. 2015 Genealogy Meeting

Last evening Mary Christensen announced our assignment to prepare for the 7 PM Jan 6, 2015regular Kittitas Co Genealogy Soc meeting:

BRING AN OBJECT THAT YOU CAN TELL A 2 Minute family story about.

Mary suggested writing down your two minute story
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December 2014 Yakima Society newsletter should be in our library by Wednesday. On page 3 describes a Winter 1918-9 train trip from Tri-Cities area to an uncle’s ranch in the Wenas. They accessed the Wenas via Ellensburg. Her uncle met them with a car & drove up Shushuskin Canyon in those days, as the Yakima Canyon road was not built until the 1930s (& passenger train from their remote White Bluffs area did not go up through Yakima town, but rather up the Columbia River to Beverly WA, and a Milwaukee Road train to Ellensburg). Also good is her description of her Uncle Jack’s ranch in the Wenas.
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Many of us have Irish or Ulster Scot ancestors. In Yakima Saturday, March 28, 2015 , Spring Seminar  (YVGS)   9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Irish Research. Presenters Fintan Mullan & Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Ireland. They’d be experts in Irish Republic, as well as Ulster

Ulster Historical Foundation News Flash

Ulster Historical Foundation
Telling the story of the people of Ulster since 1956

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors                                                             

Since the website for our September 2015 family history conference went live, we have been delighted by the response and the number of registrations received. The extensive and innovative programme of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is clearly striking a chord with people and we are looking forward to meeting all the participants. For more information please access www.ancestryireland.com/family-history-conference/ or email enquiry@uhf.org.uk  
 

Publications                       

 www.booksireland.org.uk takes the stress out of Christmas shopping with books to suit a variety of interests at very competitive prices including Dr William Roulston’s magisterial history of the Hamilton family, Abercorn: The Hamilton’s of Barons Court(including the leather bound limited edition) and Dr Kathleen Rankin’s critically acclaimed, The Linen Houses of the Bann Valley (currently reduced to only £19.99) Furthermore, in addition to our existing selection of many special offers (and don’t forget the great reductions on most of our Ordnance Survey Memoirs ) we are pleased to include the following:                                                                               
Our facsimile reprint of Patrick Woulfe’s Sloinnte Gaedeal is Gall (Irish Names and Surnames) has now become available and thanks to the many of you who placed pre-publication orders. Sloinnte Gaedeal is Gall is priced at £8.99. If you are also interested in the popular, The Book of Ulster Surnamesboth books are now available at the special price of only £10.00.
 
Please note all online book orders are subject to postage and packing charge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In In addition to great books at great prices you might consider investing in an Ulster Historical Foundation Gift Certificate, (from £30.00) which may be used to buy a family history report, family starter kit or books. The ideal present for the novice or more experienced family history researcher.

Support the Foundation

The Foundation is a registered self- supporting educational charity. We are proud that over the years, support from members and friends and the proceeds from our range of services has proved sufficient to meet the many challenges of operating in a difficult economic environment. However we must acknowledge the fact that the imminent substantial cuts in public spending announced recently by the Northern Ireland Executive are a major cause for concern and will certainly have a significant impact on our project work, educational and community outreach and historical consultancy services. While we are confident that our experience, expertise and the diligence of our staff will continue to stand us in good stead, we would be most grateful if you would feel able to make a donation (of whatever size) to help ensure the continuation of our work. Your assistance can make a real difference, as was evident in our successful Scanner and Buy A Brick campaigns. For details on how to donate, please click on the donate button located on the top right hand side of our home pagewww.ancestryireland.com Thank you for your consideration. 
 

Upcoming Events

Friday 19th December - "Winter Solstice Talk"
 
12.00 - 1.00pm in Waterman House, 5-33 Hill St. Belfast
 
Eamon Keenan, a storyteller from Belfast with a passion for the ancient irish mythologies, will entertain and surprise us with stories that relate to Yule traditions. For more information contact hmenquiries@doeni.gov.uk or phone 02890543159 

New Chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War forming in Eastern Washington


 
We are pleased to share with you the news that the Brothers (members) of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) have been authorized to form a Camp (local chapter) in Eastern Washington. 
 
The Camp will be officially headquartered in Kennewick, Washington and will be known as Fort Walla Walla Camp No. 3.  The Camp will serve all 20 counties of Eastern Washington.
 
The SUVCW was established by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in 1881 as their male auxiliary, and is their legal heir and representative today.
 
We invite you, any of your family members, friends, and/or acquaintances who reside in Eastern Washington (Zip Codes:  986xx (Klickitat County), 988xx, 989xx, 990xx, 991xx, 992xx, 993xx & 994xx), and is a male descendent (son, grandson, great grandson, nephew, grand nephew, great grand nephew, etc.) of a Union soldier, sailor, marine or Revenue Cutter serviceman to become a Charter Member of the new Camp.
 
For a membership application and further details, contact Richard Roddy R_Roddy@hotmail.com
 
They plan to file their final paperwork with our National organization by the end of February.   Once the final paperwork is submitted, no one can be added as a Charter Member.  Don't miss this opportunity!
 
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Attached is a PDF version of this announcement and an information flyer for background information.
 
Thank you.
 
Respectfully,
 
--
Loran Bures, PCC
National Camp-at-Large and Department Organizer
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Legal heir to and representative of the Grand Army of the Republic
http://www.suvcw.org

Eastside Genealogical Society News Flash




The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in the Bellevue Regional Library, Room 1, 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue  98004 at 7pmwith doors opening at 6:30 pm for networking. 

What will happen to your Family History stuff?  You may have inherited family heirlooms, old photographs, etc.  Over the years you have spent many hours and money researching your ancestral families.  What will happen to all this stuff when you downsize your residence or pass away?  Will someone toss these items into the dumpster or give them to Goodwill or sell them in an Estate Sale?  Come learn the steps you can take now to preserve your important research and your family artifacts.  Presented by Dorothy Pretare.
Also see our website for FREE genealogical help and other Special Interest Group meetings --   www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wakcegs/  .  Visitors are always welcome at all meetings.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,
Dorothy Pretare
EGS Publicity Chairperson

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pamela Ann Morrow Chilton Named Outstanding Volunteer

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized more than 400 outstanding volunteers, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2014 award recipients and learn why they received the 2014 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Today we're introducing Pamela Ann Morrow Chilton of Longview who was nominated by the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society (LCGS).  She was recognized for her leader­ship, knowledge, and volunteer efforts toward the goals and operation of the LCGS.

Ms. Chilton is a dedicated member of her local society, as well as the Washington State Genealogical Society (WSGS) where she was a founding and lifetime member.

Ms. Chilton is also extremely committed to the LCGS. She has served as President for two terms and started the custom of monthly genealogical presentations at their meetings, as well as giving educational programs herself. She has served on the LCGS Board of Directors for three years, and was a key organizer for the WSGS Conference in Kelso in 1986. In addition, she spearheaded a project to identify every burial location in Cowlitz County and was instrumental in its publication.

Ms. Chilton follows-through with every project she tackles. She works well with other team members and provides good direction and leadership.  She practices excellent research techniques and is always eager to share her knowledge. As a result, she richly deserved to be a recipient of a WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

WWII Enlistment Records Online at NARA

Dick Eastman's column today had an article on the WWII Enlistment records that NARA has just transcribed and put online (http://www.archives.gov/aad ). Click on WWII records when you get to this website. I found the enlistment record for both my dad and his younger brother. I knew most of the information on the record for my dad, and parts of the information on my un