The Seattle Genealogical Society features two all-day seminars per year.
Each Spring we bring in a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. In the Fall, we hold a seminar focused on a particular theme with local experts.
Our Fall 2013 Seminar will be held on Saturday, October 19th at Fairview Christian Church. The seminar, "A Genealogical Potpourri: A Little of This and a Little of That," will feature presentations by Cyndi Ingle, of Cyndi's list, records expert Karen Sipe, and nationally known speaker Stephen Morrison.
Registration brochures have been mailed, or can be picked up at the SGS Library. Online registration is open through October 10th. A boxed lunch can be ordered at the same time as registration.
Cyndi Ingle, our local lady who started Cyndi's List a few years ago, will delve into "The Problem of Evaluating Web Sites". 13 years ago she presented a lecture entitled Evaluating Web Sites. All these years later several things have changed, while many things have stayed the same. How can you know whether what you find online is accurate and reliable? Cyndi will discuss how to delve into online datasets and determine the original source of the materials, and then how to evaluate the material you find there.
Karen Sipe is one of the most popular "teachers" in the Seattle area. She always draws large crowds because her presentations are clear, concise, and pertinent to in-depth genealogical research. This time she will be talking about "The Homestead Act and Homesteaders". Most of us have had a homesteader in our family, but their experiences were not all the same because the Homestead Act was a sort of legislative moving target. You have to know when you're talking about homesteading to know what you're talking about.
Steven Morrison is nationally known and we are lucky to have him in our area. Steven will give two presentations. The first will be on "Peopling the British Isles - Genetic Origins of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England". This information is based upon the book by Oxford professor Stephen Oppenheimer, "The Origins of the British" (2006). Who were the indigenous poeple of the British Isles? The Celts, Pict, Anglos, Saxons or Norse? You will learn of the new genetic discoveries about your British Isle ancestors.
Steven will also give a presentation on "Digging Up New Dirt - Unearthing the "Real" New England Immigrant". Do you believe that family associations know everything about their early New England ancestors? Well, guess again! Learn what nuggets you can uncover by rediscovering original records. With some surprising facts, sound analysis and a little historical context, you may just uncover the real secret about your elusive ancestor.
Registration for the 2013 Fall Seminar is $40 SGS Members, $50 Non-members through October 10th, 2013. Registration at the door will be available with an additional $10 late registration fee.
Previous seminar topics and speakers include:
Spring 2013: Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Fall 2012: Re-Search and Prove
Spring 2012: George G. Morgan
Fall 2011: Military Records: The Price of Freedom Isn't Free
Spring 2011: Colleen Fitzpatrick
Fall 2010: On the Move: US Migration
Spring 2010: Elissa Scalise Powell
Fall 2009: Oral History
Spring 2009: John Philip Colletta