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NOTE: Please be advised that the links below may become obsolete and you may get one that does not work, for things such as the brochures or flyers for a conference. Also remember that websites change, so keep that in mind when reading the older news blips. If you would like a copy of a document which is no longer available on our website, please request it from the PS-APG Webmaster.

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The PS-APG Chapter gathered at the Heritage Quest Research Library in Sumner on June 13, 2015 for their business meeting. Again it was a great meeting with lots of plans and ideas for the future of the chapter. Claudia Breland presented: The Nuts and Bolts of Self-Publishing. She had examples of her published books and how she used a variety of websites to prepare the books for launching. Jill and Steven shared their experiences with self-publishing with examples of their books as well.

June 2015 Meeting Photos Junen2015 MeetingnPhotos
Photos courtesy of B.J. MacDonald.

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PS-APG gathered on December 13, 2014 at the National Archives in Seattle (NARA) and had a great meeting and Holiday party. Elections were held and Jim Johnson has taken on the role of PS-APG President, Jill Morelli will be our new Chapter Representative, Dave Liesse will continue as Treasurer, while Trish Nicola and Bonnie Jean MacDonald will co-chair the Programs for the coming year. The meeting was well attended and there will be four new members and we had several guests as well. A thanks to Eric Stroschein outgoing President and Steven Morrison outgoing Chapter Representative for their service to PS-APG.

2014 Holiday photo
Back Row: Eric Stroschein, Steven W. Morrison, Sara Scribner, Bonnie Jean MacDonald, Debbie Johnson, Jean Yager, Jim Johnson, Guest, Winona Laird, Kathy Counts, Janet Camarata, Melonie Ramsey, Bret Ramsey, Guest, Alta Drane (pink scharf, Front row seated: Carol Budny, Jill Morelli, Claudia Breland, Trish Nicola, David Liesse. Not pictured: Gloria Morrison
(Photo by Trish Nicola)

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PS-APG members attended the Summer Fest, hosted by the Genealogical Council of Oregon and the Oregon Chapter of the APG on August 2, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. Those in attendance from PS-APG were Steven W. Morrison, Chapter Representative, Eric Stroschein, President, Jim Johnson, Membership Chair, Winona Laird, Program Coordinator and Janet Camarata Speakers Forum.

PS-APG members attend Summer Fest
PS-APG members attend Summer Fest.

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PS-APG held its annual Holiday meeting on December 14, 2013. The meeting was well attended with a lot of great sharing. Winona Laird kept us on track with the discussion about writing a business plan.

2013 Holiday photo
Back row, left to right: Alan McCool, David Liesse, Eric Stroschein, Steven W. Morrison.
Front row, left to right: Bonnie Jean MacDonald, Janice Blackhurst, Winona Laird, Jill Morelli, and Claudia Breland, Trish Hacket Nicola.
(Photo by B.J. MacDonald)

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On November 2, 2013, the Family History Fair took place at the Bellevue Stake. It was a good turn out. PS-APG was there with their table and we had a great group of people stopping by and chatting. Steven W. Morrison and Alan McCool helped out with the table. Claudia Breland gave a lecture on DNA. Janice Blackhurst gave three lectures covering probates, naturalization and Hispanic research. As Historian and WSGS Newsletter Editor, Bonnie J. MacDonald shared part of the PS-APG table with WSGS (Washington State Genealogical Society). There were a few flickers of light and there was concern the power would go out but we made it through. It was another great Family History Fair.

Claudia teaches DNA Alan and Bonnie at PS-APG table
Photos, left to right: Claudia giving her talk on DNA. Alan and Bonnie at the PS-APG Table.
Janice talking on probates
Janice starting her talk on probates
(Photos by B.J. MacDonald)

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PS-APG gathered for the August, 2013 business meeting at the home of the Program Coordinator, Winona Laird, for a potluck and a discussion about marketing for your genealogy business. Lots was discussed and the food was delicious. Thank you Winona! There were 12 people attending this meeting, so it was not all of our members, but a really good turn out.

August business meeting 2013
Left to right back row: Claudia Breland, Steven W. Morrison, Eric Stroschein, Alan McCool,
Dave Liesse.
Next row: Jill Morelli, Trish Hackett Nicola, Jean Yager, Bonnie Jean MacDonald, Lois Gumz-Calisal,
our host Winona Laird and honorary member-Prissy.

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Steven Morrison at the 2013 YVGS Conference

Steven presents his lecture on New England genealogy.
PS-APG attended the WSGS Conference in Yakima, Washington June 28 and 29th, 2013. We had our table across from the books in the vendor area of the Howard Johnson Hotel in Yakima. The Conference was sponsored by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Eric Stroschein our PS-APG President presented four lectures on genealogical methodology on Friday, June 27th at the YVGS Library. Eric had a great turn out and the room was filled to overflowing. They had to set up more tables as more participants arrived. Click here for the conference offerings, The guest speaker Bret Petersen was very informative. Steven W. Morrison, PS-APG Secretary, presented his talk "Unearthing the Real New England Immigrant." Other lecturers were Connie Lenzen, CG, Wendy Warren, Barbara Benge, Susan D. Faulkner, and Shirley Penna-Oakes. Congratulations to YVGS for a great conference.
Eric Stoschein sets up at YVGS 2013 Eric teaches methodology at YVGS 2013
Eric is about to begin his lectures series.     Eric shares genealogical methodology tips.
(Photos by B.J. MacDonald)

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On 9 May 2013, PS-APG member, Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, presented "Chinese Exclusion Act: A Genealogical Goldmine" at the National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. [Cameras weren't allowed during the presentation so this photo was taken before her talk got started.]

Janice Lovelace and Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, volunteering at the APG booth at the NGS conference in Las Vegas.
Janice is a member of APG and lives in the Puget Sound area. [Photos submitted by Trish Hackett Nicola, CG]

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Thomas MacEntee at 2013 OGS Spring Conference
Thomas MacEntee, guest speaker, shares a moment.


PS-APG was there at the April 6, 2013 Spring Seminar hosted by the Olympia Genealogical Society, held at the Phoenix Inn Suites in Olympia, WA. The guest and featured speaker was Thomas MacEntee of High Definition Genealogy. The seminar theme was “Tools for the 21st Century.” Mr. MacEntee gave four lectures: “10 Ways to Jumpstart your Genealogy, Building a Research Toolbox, They’re Alive, Searching for Living Relatives, and Creating a Family History Workspace.” Click here for the link to the seminar information and brochure.


OGS 2013 Spring Conference
The room was packed for the OGS Spring 2013 Conference!

PS-APG members present were Bonnie Jean MacDonald, PS-APG Historian, and Janet Camarata, PS-APG member. The day was spent chatting with people passing by the PS-APG table, saying hello to Washington State Genealogy Society (WSGS) past and present board members an absorbing a lot of information given in the lectures. Steven Morrison, PS-APG Secretary, stopped by for a few minutes to take care of OGS business and Jim Johnson, PS-APG Membership Chair, was there selling books from Heritage Quest Research Library. Some of you will know Mr. MacEntee from GeneaBloggers, another of his many projects. Congratulations to the Olympia Genealogical Society for a great seminar. Click here for Mr. MacEntee’s APG information.

HQRL at 2013 OGS Seminar
Heritage Quest Research Library books are always a hit!
(Photos by B.J. MacDonald)

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PS-APG and SKCGS (South King County Genealogical Society) co-sponsored a Spring Seminar at the Kent Baptist Church on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Eric Stroschein, President of PS-APG, gave the keynote speech “Who Do You Think You Might Be?” and several lectures through the day: “Rooting out the Stories: Using a Reasonably Exhaustive Search to Find Your Family,” and “Is Your Family Story, True, False, or Something in Between?” Steven Morrison, PS-APG Secretary, also presented “Introduction to Sources,” and “Conflicting Sources – Now What do I do?” Trish Hackett Nicola CG, past President of PS-APG and current Chapter Representative, shared “Rebecca Lena Graham’s Fight for Her Inheritance.” Winona Laird, President of SKCGS and PS-APG Program Coordinator also helped us to understand Scottish records with her presentation “Across the Pond to Scotland.” Becky Hanich from the LDS Church shared her knowledge on how to use Familysearch.org and the new Family Tree. PS-APG had a conference table and we gained two new members that day. A thank you to Winona for being the inspiration for this co-sponsored event.

Spring Seminar
Photos, left to right: Winona talks about Scottish Records. Steven takes us through sources.
Photos, left to right: Trish shares her findings. Eric gives the Keynote Speech
(Photos by B.J. MacDonald)

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Meeting with Eric Stroschein, President
& other members


PS-APG held their first business meeting for 2013. The meeting was very busy and well attended by PS-APGer's and guests. New President Eric Stroschein had many ideas and plans for PS-APG. Winona Laird, Program Chair, announced that PS-APG and South King County Genealogical Society will co-sponsor a Spring Seminar on March 16, 2013. David Liesse, PS-APG Treasurer presented Tax Considerations When Forming a Business. It was a great meeting.


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David Liesse explains the various
business entities


On Saturday, December 8, 2012 PS-APG members gathered for their business meeting and Holiday Celebration. It was also a special celebration because PS-APG is 10 years old. The Chapter was established on August 14, 2002 by five genealogists. PS-APG Member, Chapter Representative and past President Trish Hackett Nicola CG was the initial force that prompted the submission of the application for a chapter. She wrote a paragraph about the beginning of the chapter and Historian and Past President Bonnie Jean MacDonald shared highlights.PS-APG President Alan McCool lighted the candles and cut the cake. Everyone cheered and clapped. Eric Stroschin, Winona Laird, and Steven Morrison gave a PowerPoint presentation on their findings on the idea of having a Northwest Genealogical Conference/Institute in this area. They provided a several page handout of how this goal could be accomplished. Alan McCool passed the duties of the office of President on to Eric Stroschein. Eric has lots of plans for PS-APG. Bonnie Jean MacDonald stepped down from the Program Coordinator position and it was passed to Winona Laird. There will be new officers and new duties taken on in 2013. David Liesse will be the Treasurer. Steven Morrison will move from the Treasurer's duties and will take on the Secretaral duties. It was a very good meeting with lots of good food, good sharing and cheer.

PS-APG Holiday Celebration
Alan passes the duties of President to Eric. Steven, Winona & Eric share their findings.
10th Anniversary Celebration-cutting the cake. PS-APG Holiday Celebration

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Jerry Handfield shows
PS-APG around the archives.
On Saturday, September 29, 2012 PS-APG had their business meeting and attended a presentation by Jerry Handfield, WA State Archivist. Later Jerry took the group on a tour of the Olympia Branch of the State Archives. It was a great turn out, with ten members from PS-APG and two guests. PS-APG held elections and Eric Stroschein was voted in for President for the 2013-2014 term. Click here for link to meeting flyer.

PS-APG Members & Guests - Left to Right Standing: Kathy Gold, Jim Johnson Director Heritage Quest Res Library, Alan McCool PS-APG President, Steven Morrison PS-APG Treasurer, Winona Laird, President of So. King Co. Gen Soc., Janice Blackhurst, Melonie Soper Ramsey PS-APG Websmaster, Mary Kathryn Kozy WSGS Region #2 Rep., Claudia Breland. Jerry Handfield State Archivist. Seated L to R: Eric Stroschein PS-APG's President-elect, Roger Newman WSGS Secretary, Trish Hackett Nicola CG, PS-APG Chapter Rep.

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PS-APG was present at the recent Washington State Genealogical Society (WSGS) Conference hosted by the Clallam County Genealogical Society in Port Angeles, Washington on September 7-8, 2012. Their guest speaker was Brian Hutchison, CMA, FSA Scotland. Brian is a full-time professional genealogist with over 40 years of experience. He is Chairman and President of Gen-Find Research Associates of Canada. He gave 25 Tips in Less Than an Hour on how to do genealogy effectively. He stressed setting goals and knowing what it is you want to accomplish before you begin your research task. Other presenters were Jim Johnson, Director of HQRL and a member of PS-APG who gave a talk on Finding Your Ancestors Using Google. PS-APG had their table at the conference and there were several really good discussions about becoming a professional genealogist with those that stopped by. PS-APG members that attended were Eric Stroschien, Jean Yager, and Bonnie Jean MacDonald who set up and worked the table. Another member of PS-APG was also present, but she had to be because she is the President of Clallam County Genealogical Society the host society, Vice President of the WSGSand also a member of PS-APG, her name is Virginia Majewski. Ginny is a busy lady. It was fair weather in Port Angeles with a beautiful view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The next WSGS Conference will be held in Yakima, June 28 and 29, 2013 and will be hosted by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society.

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On Saturday, July 14, 2012, the PS-APG members gathered at the Program Coordinator's home in Shoreline, WA for an informal get-together. There was good food, good conversation and lots of sharing. The weather was excellent. It was a great time and lots of fun.

Left photo, back row: Alan McCool, Jean Yager, David Liesse, Bonnie Jean MacDonald. Middle row: Lois Gumz-Calisal, Claudia Breland. Front row: Winona Laird, Trish Hacket Nicola, and Janice Blackhurst.

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PS-APG member Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, attended the NGS Conference in Cincinnati, OH on May 12, 2012. This photo shows Melanie D. Holtz, CG and Trish Hackett Nichola, CG at the APG booth. Trish is holding the PS-APG brochure.

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PS-APG gathered at the National Archives in Seattle on April 14, 2012 for a meeting followed by a presentation by Eric Stroschein, PS-APG member. The presentation was: Robert Brockbank and the Hunley. A Study in Methodology. Eric talked about his use of the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) in his research on Robert Brockbank. He used many sources in his quest to prove the identity of this man.

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Reuniting an Urn with its Family: On Feb 8, 2012 Officer Brian Lynch of the Black Diamond Police Department contacted PS-APG. A citizen brought an urn to the station that was found while cleaning out the basement of a recently purchased building. Claudia Breland decided to accept the challenge of finding the family and returning the urn. Claudia tells how she worked with the Black Diamond police, the clues she started with and the process of reuniting the ashes with the family on her blog post of March 12, 2012 Genealogy is for the Living. Here is the link to the story published at Voice of the Valley: http://www.voiceofthevalley.com/Article/Mar14Remains.

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February 11, 2012 PS-APG held a meeting and presentation at the Renton Library at 10 am. Claudia Breland gave a great presentation on Podcasts, Webinars and Blogs, Oh My! Her presentation covered how to find, log on and utilize these events to educate yourself on various genealogical topics. After, members gathered to discuss the steps to becoming a certified genealogist. Trish Hackett Nicola, CG answered questions and discussed her experience in becoming a Board Certified Genealogist and what it was like to renew.

Photos left to right: Claudia Breland answers questions before her talk. Eric Stroschein and Alan McCool share before the meeting. PS-APG members gather to discuss becoming a certified genealogist (left to right: Steven Morrison, Claudia Breland, Eric Stroschein, Trish Hackett Nicola and Alan McCool).

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December 10, 2011
Our Annual Holiday Photo

Standing: Trish Hackett Nicola, Janice Blackhurst, Steven Morrison, Rachelle Joy, David Liesse, Alan McCool, Jim Hohnson, Bonnie Jean MacDonald. Seated: Claudia Breland, Winona Laird, Becky Logan, Lois Gumz-Calisal.

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On Saturday, November 5, 2011, PS-APG was present with a conference table at the Family History Expo 2011. This Expo has gotten so big they had to move it to another stake (Bellevue South Stake Center) located behind the big Temple in Bellevue. PS-APG's table was hosted by Bonnie Jean MacDonald, Program Coordinator and Historian, Amy Toney, Claudia Breland, Secretary and Alan McCool, President. Claudia also presented a lecture on Podcasts, Webinars and Blogs, which Bonnie and Jean Yager attended. Janice Blackhurst and Eric Stroschein also presented lectures.

Here is a link to the brochure. It was an excellent Expo and as usual the seminar organizers did a great job. Bonnie also had a table for the Washington State Genealogical Society next to the PS-APG table which was also a success! PS-APG has been hosting a table at this Expo since 2005.

Photos, left to right: Lunch time at the Expo; Alan and Claudia assist a visitor; Claudia greets her lecture guests.

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Heritage Quest Research Library kindly sponsored PS-APG's presentation of Citing Your Sources, by PS-APG Member Jean Yager. HQRL has moved to a new location just down the street from their former home. They are located right on Main Street in Sumner with their library and book store. On Saturday, October 1, 2011 PS-APG hosted the presentation on Citing Your Sources, with a wonderful lunch with goodies and a big pot of Chili provided by our President, Alan McCool. The meeting room was filled to capacity. This presentation was one of many educational opportunities hosted by PS-APG (Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists) at their meetings which are open to the public. The next PS-APG meeting will be our Annual Holiday Potluck at the NARA branch location in Seattle, WA on December 10, 2011. Check out our meeting schedule on this website, click on Meetings to the left.

Photos, left to right: Jim Johnson, Director HQRL and Jean Yager presenter; HQRL new Meeting Room

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PS-APG participated in and attended the Washington State Genealogical Society (WSGS Conference in Richland, Washington on September 16th and 17th, 2011. This WSGS event was sponsored by the Tri-Cities Genealogical Society located in Richland. Bonnie Jean MacDonald (Program Coordinator), Steven Morrison (Treasurer), Alan McCool (President) and Eric Stroschein (Member) attended and hosted the PS-APG table. It was a great conference with Paul Walls Stamm, CG, CGL as the featured speaker and many other talented lecturers. Here is the link to the Tri-Cities WSGS Conference website. Bonnie Jean MacDonald and her husband Alan Rowberg took advantage of the Reactor B tour which is now a historic site. It took a 45-minute bus ride out to the site on the Hanford Reserve. It is an amazing story how the Reactor B was build and function within two years back in the 1940s. There was a whole community of people involved. Of course it meant removal of settlers already established and that is still an ongoing story. Congratulations to Tri-Cities for a job well done.

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Photos, left to right: Steven, Bonnie and Eric; Susan Faulkner, President of Tri-Cities and Paula Walls Stamm; and Eric explaining APG

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On Thursday, May 5, 2011 the PS-APG Chapter gathered at the Meeker Mansion in Puyallup for a tea and a tour. The occasion was to celebrate the visit of Laura Prescott, President of the Association of Professional Genealogists. We were also lucky to have Cyndi Howells of Cyndi’s List present. She was escorting Laura and they were touring various locations like the Space Needle and more. Laura was in the Pacific Northwest to present a seminar for the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society’s Spring Seminar on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Tacoma.

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http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~watpcgs/2011Prescottflier.pdf

The afternoon started with a tea on the lower floor in one of the lovely rooms of the Meeker Mansion. The room was filled with lively chatter from those who attended. Laura gave a brief speech about the Chapters role in APG. Later we heard about the history of the Meeker Mansion and the efforts to restore the home. The tour of the mansion was conducted by a lovely lady dressed in period clothing. They talked about the restoration process of the mansion and one could see evidence of the work being done. It was well attended and PS-APG gained one more new member. It was a great day for all!!

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PS-APG participated in the Family History Expo held in Bellevue, WA on November 6, 2010. It was a great success. Steven Morrison gave several lectures. Claudia Breland helped out at the conference table. Alan McCool came by to see what was happening and also helped at the conference table. Bonnie gave several lectures as well. There are lots of changes coming to the Family History Library. Next year they will be in Redmond unless they have to move to a larger location.

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The PS-APG Chapter held a meeting on October 30, 2010 at the Magnolia Branch of the Seattle Public Library. The topic was Using the genealogical Proof Standard to Solve a Genealogical Problem, by Patricia "Trish" Hackett Nicola, CG.

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PS-APG had a vendor table in Chehalis on September 17th and 18th at the Washington State Genealogical Society Conference (WSGS). It was a great success with over 120+ people attending. Steven Morrison gave his talk Friday night on Outlaw Genealogy and it was an amazing journey of his attempt to find and track an outlaw family.The next day we had four great sessions with Diane Gagel. The first was on migration trails throughout the United States, next was women and the law which included African American women. The afternoon sessions covered caring for your photographs. Diane is a former archivist and she had some good points to make about preserving our photos. One idea was to use black and white film to take a photo and then use your digital camera. The other was to get archival quality DVDs/CDs. The last session was on how to search for and find social history about our ancestors. Diane talked about this subject from the perspective of an historian and former professor. It was an excellent conference.

The WSGS award 50+ outstanding volunteer awards this year which is beyond any other years. The WSGS had their board meeting on Friday and met for dinner that evening before Steven's talk. I had the good fortune to meet Steven Morrison the next day and he has asked to present for PS-APG next year. He is one of our newest members. Jim Johnson of Heritage Quest was there with tons of books. Jean Yager took thePS-APG conference table supplieswith her to Puget Sound's Seminar next weekend. The Lewis Countyand Lower Columbia Genealogical Societies did a marvelous job on the conference. Congratulations on a job well done. Next year the conference will be in Tri-Cities area on September 16 and 17th, 2011.

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PS-APG traveled to Eugene, Oregon for the GCO Summer Fest on July 31, 2010. GCO stands for the Genealogical Council of Oregon and they were the sponsors of the seminar which featured Elizabeth Shown Mills. Several PS-APGer's attended: Bonnie Jean MacDonald, Trish Nicola CG, Patricia Summers-Smith, Alan McCool, Jean Yager and Jim Johnson. Jim brought the Heritage Quest books and they had an huge display in the vendor area along with other great booths. The seminar attendance was 218 and the GCO was totally amazed that so many people responded. It was a great seminar. Elizabeth gave 4 lectures throughout the day. There were other great lectures by Beverly Rice, Geoff Rassmusen, Connie Lenzen and more. The syllabus from the conference was also excellent. Here is a link to the seminar information. Congratulations to the GCO for a wonderful seminar. Dinner with Elizabeth was at the Oregon Electric Station in Eugene. Bonnie and Patricia visited on Friday at the Oregon Genealogical Society which is based in Eugene, Oregon. They are in a building on the ground floor in the downtown area on Oak Alley Street west of Oak street and between E. 16th and E. 15th. Best to drive on OakStreet and park in the multi-level parking lot on the left. Beware some streets in Eugene are one way and Oak goes north. They are a little hard to find so give them a call before you go to get directions. Here is a link to their website and their wonderful library.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 was an exciting evening for PS-APG. We hosted Elissa Scalise Powell, CG. Elissa took time out to share with PS-APG members and other enthusiastic genealogists in the area. We met at the Greenwood Senior Center on 85th. Elissa talked about the Dreaded Research Report. Her method is to write the research report as she performs the research including the documents into her word processor. She uses templates for the report so she has some information already to go. She uses templates for sources that she uses frequently so she can just make simple changes. She explained the differences in compilations versus the research report. The research report is about the research only it is not a genealogy written for the family. Elissa feels that writing about the research is essential in understanding the research project and finding clues for further study. The next topic was a discussion about the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Elissa encouraged the group to go to the BCG website where they will find all kinds of information to assist them in becoming certified. There are articles on various subjects to assist you in learning how to prepare as an examplea transcript of a document or an abstract. I took a look around their website and was very impressed. There is a video by Elissa and Tom Jones that discusses the process of certification available for you to study. It is worth it to examine this website for it is packed with hints and help. She went over the certification process and the reasons you might want to become a certified genealogist. We are greatly indebted to Elissa for her time and thank her for coming and sharing her knowledge. The Seattle Genealogical Society seminar with Elissa the past Saturday was a great success you can learn more at the SGS President's blog.

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The National Genealogical Conference took place in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention center. PS-APG was there. Bonnie Jean MacDonald PS-APG Chapter President arrived on Tuesday April 27th and found the Family History Library to be filled to the brim with busy genealogists researching their families. The conference officially began at 8 am at the Salt Palace on Wednesday, April 28th. There were several wonderful videos aboutthe work being done by the Family History Library to digitize their collection. They had figured out how to do that in 10 years rather than taking a century. The videos took us on a tour of the Vault in the mountains where they keep most of the collection.The doors to the Exhibit Hall opened and the conference was officially on. We were all off to tour the Exhibit Hall and get ready for our first lecture. Trish Hackett Nicola was also there she arrived Monday, April 26th. Trish led the Gathering of the Chapters which took place on Thursday, April 29th at 4 pm. Bonnie attended as well and shared about the Scrapbook Project being added to our website in the next months. Trish told them about Elissa's visit on May 24th here in Seattle. The Oregon Chapter is looking forward to having PS-APG attend dinner after the GCO Conference in Eugene on July 31st. Friday, April 30th was the APG Luncheon and Trish, Bonnie and Claudia Breland, PS-APG Chapter Secretary attended this event. Friday evening was the NGS Banquet where everyone comes to enjoy the evening. It too was filled with enthusiastic genealogists from around the world. Of course awards were given out. You can find out the news at the NGS website. On Saturday at 10:30 Bonnie and Trish helped out at the APG Booth and signed up one person asa new member. Mary Clement Douglas who has presented at Gen-O-Rama for South King County Genealogical Society several years ago. She was just finishing her shift at the APG Booth. Mary's website is at http://www.historical-matters.com/ She said she was off to give a talk in Montana soon. Washington State Genealogical Society Newsletter Editor Bonnie was happy to see that this group was also represented at the conference. Sue Erickson, President, Ginny Majewski, Vice President, Carole Medeiros, Treasurer and Ross Abbot, Region #3 Representative were all there. The Washington Genealogical Society website is at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/index.htm. We had lunch and dinner together sharing good stories about our genealogical finds. It was a great conference and Washington State was well represented.

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On Saturday, April 10, 2010 PS-APG sponsored a tour of the Northwest African American Museum in south Seattle. We were greeted by Wadiyah the Genealogy Center director. She took us to the center and explained their goals. They would like the Genealogy Center to be multi-ethnic. This is a brand new center for genealogical research. They have four computers with access to the Internet. They have a small library and are willing to accept donations of genealogical books. They have volunteers that come at various times throughout the month who come fromthe Black Genealogy Research Group, the Family History Library and interested individuals. They provide volunteer training. For more information, contact Wadiyah. The next part of the tour was into the exhibit areas were we were introduced to a timeline for African-Americans migrating to the Pacific Northwest and their contributions to this area. The other exhibit is on Ethiopia and they are hoping to have many more. Click here to visit the NWAA Museum website. This is a great addition to the genealogical community so go and check it out.

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In March Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, was a judge for Washington History Day. This year's students researched and wrote papers on the theme Innovation in History: Impact and Change. Trish helped judge the second round of papers for the Puget Sound region. The papers will have one more judging at the local level. The top ranking papers will go on to the state level, and a few will make it to the final competition at the national level in June 2010.

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On March 11, 2010, Trish Hackett Nicola, CG, presented a paper, "The Halcyon: the Infamous Opium Smuggling Schooner," at the Pacific Northwest Historian's Guild Conference on Northwest Borderland at MOHAI.

The Halcyon was beautiful and fast. Her owners used her to smuggle Opium and Chinese into the United States in the late 1880s and early 1890s. The cargo came from China and was dropped off in Hawaii, Victoria, Vancouver, Port Townsend, and ports all the way down the coast to San Diego. The presentation gave background information on her owners and crew, the smugglers and their illegal cargo, the Halcyon’s evasion from Custom officials and how she was finally captured by authorities.

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On Saturday December 12th, 2009, PS-APG members and guests gathered at the National Archives in Seattle (NARA) to share special genealogical memories and finds.

Front to back and left to right: Claudia Breland, Evelyn Roehl, Bonnie Jean MacDonald, Alan McCool, Trish Nicola, Melonie Soper Ramsey, Jean Yager and Jim Johnson.

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On October 29, 2009, an additional tour was being offered and this was the Seattle Municipal Archives which is located on the 3rd floor of the new Seattle City Hall next door to the King County Administration Bldg which I visit a lot. The Seattle Municipal Archiveshad an open house 12 to 3 pm that day. I joined the tour about 12:15 pm. Patricia Summers-Smith was also in attendance. It is a little tricky to get to the 3rd floor if you come in on 4th Avenue, you have to go to the Lobby and then up another set of elevators. Their offices are new and very nice. They have a storage facility on that level that is very large. There research room was a nice size but not huge. They have rooms where they work on video and audio, a area where they do the conservation work on documents like maps. They are striving tomove photos to a digital format as well as preserve maps and other documents. I did not find their website as easy to get around as the KCA but they are putting photos and other information on line.

They do have their collections listed by subject. The tour was a little crowded and the rooms were tight and was difficult to hear what was being said but it was good to see the rooms and of course the storage facilities. They took us to the basement where they had another huge storageroom. The tour archivist said that they had planned the storage for 25 years but where filling up much faster than they had thought. The records at this archive are more government-oriented, but they do have payroll records for various government organizations, municipal court records and maps. It will take a little more digging for genealogical gems due to a lack of indexes for a lot of the records.

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The Annual Christmas Photo: PS-APG members gathered together on December 11, 2010 to share and celebrate the Holiday Season. Our members would like to extend to everyone our best wishes for 2011.

Photo courtesy of Rachelle Joy. Back row: Steven Morrison, Jim Johnson. Middle row: Alan McCool, Jean Yager, Trish Nicola, Rachelle Joy, Evelyn Roehl. Front row: Patricia Summers-Smith, Bonnie Jean MacDonald, Claudia Breland.