A place where friends gather to learn about genealogy and family history.
We affectionately call ourselves the Ferndale Genies. We meet monthly on the third Monday at the Ferndale, WA Library from 1:00
until 3:30. ***IMPORTANT Due to holidays in Jan and Feb. our meetings are moved to Fridays Jan. 18 and Feb 15.
At our June meeting one of our
discussion topics was “something you have done that really made a difference in
Time and again members said “DNA”.It certainly has made a huge difference by
helping prove our existing research and connecting us with living
relatives.It has invaded genealogy
methodology and become an accepted element in proving our work.
DNA education has exploded along with
testing.Here are three conferences
coming up, all with top national speakers.
1.At only $20 (early bird) for a full day in an
online conference is the Family History Fanatics.
Family History Fanatics will be producing "A Summer of DNA" eConference on August 4th. Speakers and topics will
Diahan Southard - Your Tree is Full, There is Still Room for DNA Sam Williams - Ancestry DNA Tools Michelle Leonard - Adoption and Unknown Parentage Kitty Cooper - Segment Triangulation
The online sessions will begin at 9am
Central Time on August 4th. A final panel discussion will end the
day. All registrants will be able to view the conference for 30
days. Register and get your questions answered by some of the most
popular genetic genealogy educators! Presentations are live, not pre-recorded,
and you can ask questions throughout.
Price is only $19.99 until July
21st and then it will be $24.99. Also, we will be having DNA kits and
other stuff as door prizes that will be given away. You don't have to be
present to win, but you do have to register.
2.At $45 prepaid Sylvia is going to the “land conference”
and is looking for others to go along.
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Have you heard of Unlock
the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will
be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all
day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the
downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all – whether on
the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne
Shepheard will be the presenters.You
choose between the DNA stream or the Irish/General stream.
3.Lastly, CeCe Moore will
give three talks at the Northwest Genealogy
Conference on August 16 in Arlington. I wrote about this in my June 16 post at https://ferndalegenies.blogspot.com/ and all the details are here http://www.nwgc.org.A single day
registration is $75 in advance and $95 at the door.
meeting is NOT CANCELLED; it’s HAPPENING.
Last Monday was our June Genies meeting and it was filled with great conversation.
Peggy admitted that she checks for new DNA matches every morning. Wow! I check
every three months, at the most. Cheryl told us that she makes family trees
constantly: for family, for friends, for neighbors, and for strangers.
Sometimes she reads an obituary and builds a tree. She’s amazing!
For some of us Monday involved sitting in traffic, missing
the meeting, and being disappointed. A
produce truck turned over at the Slater Road exit and highway traffic was
backed up for eight hours.What a tangle
that caused!We missed you, Suzie, but
your message got through.
As I said, Monday was great but Tuesday was not the best. In
the morning I fell in the garden and hurt my wrist. All day we went to doctors and got x-rays. The
bad news is 4 to 6 weeks with a cast on my arm. It could have been worse. So now I am happy to
have my Dragon dictation software. I bet I will become an expert.
Meetings coming up:July 16: In my absence Cheryl has offered
to host our meeting. Come along and help her set up. There will be no prepared
talk but lots of conversation. Cheryl says she’s built over 400 trees and we
know that she specializes in DNA and unknown parentage.Another “don’t miss” gathering.
Our Genies meeting on August
20 follows right on the heels of the Northwest Genealogy Conference on August
15 – 18. We will be reporting back on
the most interesting and helpful things we learned.
As we talked last Monday, Linda B. pointed out that webinars
can be a good substitute for conferences. There are so many new sources for
webinars. You can put together your own conference. Linda B. and I just joined
the Virtual Genealogical Society. The membership is $20 a year and they offer 3
webinars each month. Linda watched one about planning a research trip and I
have one coming up on future trends in genealogy. On the Genies blog there is a
tab at the top Favorite Webinars which is filled with ideas.
Two Ancestry DNA tips
resurfaced at this meeting.First, if
you are contacting a DNA match, don’t use the green CONTACT button on the individual
match page.Click on the person’s
username and go to their profile page.Here you will find out more about them.Use the orange CONTACT button.The green button does not alert your match by email.Use the orange, not the green.Second tip:On your DNA match list there is a blue dot to the left of the matches that
you have not looked at.There is also a
filter at the top to display new matches only. These will help you check new matches like Peggy.
More posts are in the queue and coming soon. Guest bloggers are welcome to share family stories or tips.
Fathers Day DNA sales! https://dnabargains.com/dna-day-sales/
is always the best comprehensive list of sales.
Many sales will be ending May 17 on Fathers Day. If you have had your eye on a DNA test for
yourself or someone close to you, don’t delay!
Genies meeting coming up Monday 6/18 and I can hardly wait to see
you. Doors open at 12:30 and the meeting
starts at 1. Rick is moving and you know
what that means. He’ll have raffle
prizes. Hint: They are all alike and something we all
use. And fantastic giveaways too. I hope I haven’t exaggerated. If you have some giveaways, bring them along
too. If you have questions or
challenges, this is the perfect time to pick our brains.
The August 20 Genies Meeting will be right after we get back from the Northwest Genealogical
Conference in Arlington, WA. We’ll be sharing
content from the most interesting sessions.
NWGC August 15-18. How did we get so lucky! No
airports, no crowds with three days of speakers. Each day a nationally
known genealogist anchors the day with three talks.
On Thursday it's CeCe Moore, one of the most active DNA
researchers. She’s really making the
rounds talking about genetic genealogy crime-solving and the ethical debates
underway. She’s also the banquet speaker
on Friday night.
Don’t forget that the Wednesday afternoon beginners session
is free to all. A fresh new national speaker
will be presenting. A list of classes
and registration is here: http://www.nwgc.org and we can answer any questions at our Genies
You may think I’m going overboard about this conference but
it is one-of-a-kind in its closeness to us and the expert education it
offers. This is how I learned all the
different aspects of our genealogy hobby. I keep coming back and this is my 5th
Whatcom Genealogical Society regular monthly meeting this Monday.We’ve been talking about immigrants and here’s
a timely professional speaker.Hope to see you there!
June 11 Monthly Meeting– “Becoming America: A Study of Immigration” with Janice Lovelace.
What conditions existed for your ancestors to leave their home countries and
make a journey to a new place? What conditions existed to encourage settlement
in the Americas, especially the United States?
Always 2nd Monday at 2:00 pm at the Bellingham Elks
Lodge, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA. Park around back and enter on the lower
level (unless you have a big truck or an RV).Visitors welcome!Contact:360-733-8300