Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Outstanding Volunteers Moving to WSGS Blog

In the effort to concentrate the WSGS's visibility in one place, the weekly postings featuring a 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Award are moving to the WSGS Blog. Head on over there to see who earned an award last year.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Doreen Johnson 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 Doreen Quayle Johnson of Greenbank, who was nominated by the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island (GSSWI).  She was recognized for her leader­ship, knowledge, and volunteer efforts toward the goals and operation of the GSSWI.

Ms. Johnson has been an indispensable member of the GSSWI for more than ten years. She used her extensive genealogical knowledge and skill for numerous presentations to the society, the community, and interest groups. She also was the society’s computing expert, leading basic computing classes and visiting members’ homes for hands-on help.

One of Ms. Johnson’s largest projects enabled more than 23,000 Island County obituaries to be available on the society’s website. Ms. Johnson was perhaps best known for the excellent GSSWI newsletter that she published for several years.
Ms. Johnson has now moved from the area for more travel and genealogical research. The GSSWI greatly miss her knowledge, willingness, and cheery disposition. All of her accomplishments and contributions proved that she deserved to be a recipient of a WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at

Monday, February 2, 2015

Chicago Genealogical Society Seminar

March 7

Event with D. Joshua Taylor–

In conjunction with the Newberry Library, CGS members are invited to attend a seminar with D. Joshua Taylor as he shares his enthusiasm for genealogy and history. For more than 15 years, Joshua has been an active genealogist, tracing the histories of families across the globe. Joshua can be seen on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) Season 2 which started January 13, 2015, Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC and TLC) and is the Lead Genealogist for, a worldwide leader in online family history. Check out his blog at:

This will be a FREE all day event and pre-registration will be required. Again, it is FREE but there are limited seats. Here is the link to register:

You HAVE to print the confirmation and bring it with you that day to get in to this event.

Hope you can attend!

The Chicago Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society Seminar Date Correction

All day Irish Genealogy Workshop 

This workshop, sponsored by the Irish Heritage Club and the Seattle Genealogical Society Irish Interest Group, is on MARCH 21, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Greenwood.
The previous eNewsletter listed the date incorrectly.

Contact Jean A. Roth for details: