Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island
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GSSWI Programs for 2015 - 2016

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Monday September 14th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Society Board Members
Program:  Introduction to the coming GSSWI Year

Meet your fellow members and learn about ongoing research.  Come prepared to describe one particularly useful website you have found and why you find it useful.

The new Board of Directors will  be introduced.  In addition,  Coffee and cookies will be consumed and the upcoming society year will be discussed.  Come, visit and learn.

Monday October 12th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Janice Lovelace
Program:  Beyond Online: Beginning Courthouse Research

Janice LovelaceJanice Lovelace, Ph.D., has 20 years of experience in family history research as well as academic work in the area (Genealogy and Family History certificate at UW in 2012, Certificate program in genealogy at Boston University, 2013). A member of Seattle Genealogical Society for a number of years, she joined the SGS Board as Vice-President in June 2014. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Step away from the computer to search records that may not be digitized but are stored in county courthouses.  Learn what you can expect to find from land records to court proceedings and how the information will help your research. 

Monday November 9th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speakers:  Eric Stroschein
Program:  Five Strategies for finding  Ancestors in their  Homeland

Eric Strohschein Eric Stroschein is a professional forensic genealogist who owns, with his wife, Generations Detective, a genealogical research firm.  He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Genealogical Society and speaks frequently on a variety of subjects. 
Eric is the current Education Chair for the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society and co-chairs a committee of the Puget Sound Association of Professional Genealogists which examines genealogical education in the state and the Pacific Northwest. Eric has presented programs to GSSWI in the past and is one of our most popular speakers.  His program is sure to be interesting and informative. 

Monday December 14th, Holiday Program, 1:15 p.m.

Program:  Annual Holiday Potluck and Personal Research Review

Holiday Wreath Come prepared to present a few words on an interesting aspect of your current research, an interesting book you've found or anything else notable you've discovered.  Family artifacts are also appropriate.

This will be our annual Holiday potluck luncheon.  Please bring a salad, entree or dessert sufficient to serve eight people.

Monday January 11th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speaker:  TBD
Program:  TBD

Watch this space for information on the January program.

Monday February 8th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Maureen MacDonald
Program:  An  Apple  a  Day

Maureen MacDonaldMaureen MacDonald is one of our most active members and a graduate of Sarah Thorson-Little's highly recommended University of Washington Genealogy class.

In this program you will learn about medicine in the early days and how it affected ancestral families in choosing a location to settle, raising their children and, possibly, moving to another location. The program might help to answer the question of why you are missing certain relatives.

Monday March 14th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Janet Camarata
Program:  Beginning Irish Research

Janet CamarataHunting for an elusive Irish ancestor can feel like an impossible task. Janet's program outlines an approach to make it easier, including strategies for tracking down Irish ancestors with common names.

The program will highlight differences between research in the US and in Ireland, record types available for Irish research here and abroad and the availability of records, both online and off-line.

(Plus, it's only three days to Saint Patrick's Day!)

Monday April 11th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Karen Sipe
Program:  DNA and Genealogy

Karen SipeDNA is becoming more and more  important  as a tool  for genealogical research. Unfortunately,  it  is a  very  complex subject!

Karen Sipe, our April speaker, is highly qualified in the application of DNA analysis as it applies to Genealogy. She will attempt to demystify the use of DNA research in Genealogy.  This is an important subject and the program is not to be missed.  Come and be enlightened.

Monday May 9th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speakers:  Jill Morelli
Program:   Top  10 Tech  Tools

Jill Morelli Jill Morelli writes and lectures extensively in the Puget Sound (WA) area on subjects related to genealogy and her German and Scandinavian heritage. She is presently researching 19th century migration decision-making and insanity in the late 1800s.  She blogs at about methodology and problem solving for the “on-the-clock” genealogist.

Jill says that she is not a technophile but she has located tools that she considers essential to research. 

Perhaps they might assist your efforts as well. 

Monday June 13th: Monthly Program, 1:15 p.m.

Speaker:  Gary Zimmerman
Program:  TBD

Gary Zimmerman Gary Zimmerman, President of the Fiske Genealogy Library, will present the final program in this year's series. 

Gary's programs are always useful, entertaining and educational. Attend and learn from him.