Tacoma-Pierce County
Genealogical Society

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society

Monthly Meetings

TPCGS monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, September through May. Generally, monthly meetings will be held at Bates Technical College, South Campus, 2201 South 78th St, Tacoma, Building E. (see Map to Bates). Lot 11 is available for parking in the evening.

Meetings usually begin about 6:00 pm, with member sharing and networking, follwed at 6:30 by a brief business meeting. After a break for snacks and visiting, the main presentation begins. Guests are always welcome! Meetings are generally adjourned by 9:00 pm.

Members are also invited to attend Board Meetings, which are held the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at Denny's, 5924 6th Ave, Tacoma. Contact a board member for further information.


 
 
Monthly Meetings, Bates Technical College:
Tuesdays
 

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2018—2019 Monthly Meeting Schedule
September 11, 2018:
Annual Show and Tell ~ Genealogical Discoveries This Summer
Presented by Everyone!
Special Location ~ This Meeting Only:
Pierce County Library, Lakewood Branch, 6300 Wildaire Rd SW, from 6 pm to 8 pm.

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9 October 2018
INS AND OUTS: Indexes for county records can be the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch continues to digitize and make available more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with the different indexing systems and how to use them. Whether you're looking at county records on FamilySearch or in a courthouse, this class will give you the skills you need to dig into the records.
Presented by Mary Roddy. A Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She speaks frequently in the Western Washington area and at regional and national conferences. Mary is a regular contributor to Your Genealogy Today and Internet Genealogy magazines and a webinar presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Her background in accounting has influenced the way she uses spreadsheets and forensic research in her genealogy. Mary spoke to us at our November 2017 meeting regarding Spreadsheets for Genealogy.

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13 November 2018
NO DATABASE, NO PROBLEM: Building your own Genealogical Database with Excel. What if there are no genealogical databases for your relation? No problem build your own. Explore how Excel software can reveal key answers about your ancestor. Presented in a case study format.
Presented by Steve Morrison . From a young age, Steven wondered who volunteered him to be the family historian. Putting pieces together and filling in the gaps is fun. Visiting far-away places, exploring different centuries, learning about new ethnic groups, and unraveling family lore make genealogy worthwhile. But sometimes it can be confusing – strange terms, conflicting information, and relatives who are unable or unwilling to share. What do you do? Steve spoke to us at our April meeting in 2017.

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12 December 2018
HOLIDAY GALA!
This is always a "fun" event. A chance for us to socialize, share some great snacks and play some genealogy games. Bring a friend! This is a great way to introduce family and friends to TPCGS. And test your knowledge with Genealogy Jeopardy, while getting to know other members of the society, and sharing holiday treats and memories.

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8 January 2019
HOW TO USE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR RESEARCH. More details to follow.
Presented by Janet Camarata.

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12 February 2019
TIMELINES: An important tool as we search for our ancestors.
Presented by Cyndi Ingle.

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12 March 2019
German Lexicon and free German websites. Meyer’s Orts- und Verkehrs- Lexicon includes all place names as they were designated during the time of the German Empire (1871-1918). It is an invaluable tool in doing German research. The online version is important in locating the place where the records of your ancestors were recorded. The locations of the microfilmed/digitized records of the Family History Library are based on this Gazetteer.

The free German web site https://compgen.de/ is a gold mine for German research. This web site of the Society for Computer Genealogy, Inc. is divided into two sections: 1) information (history, archives, links to regional family history groups and repositories and 2) databases for records of people and places. Translation into English allows non-German speakers to take advantage of a massive amount if information.

Presented by Sue Foster (nee Ursula Kaiser), who immigrated at age 10 to the U.S. after her father died as a German soldier during World War II. She has researched her family tree to the early 1600s. She was a Family History Center Director from 1990 to 2004. In 2007 she received her bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University. From January 2017 through June 2018 she served as a patron helper in the International Zone of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, specializing in German research. Reading old German documents, printed or handwritten, is her specialty.

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9 April 2019
Court Records: How to research and use.
Presented by Jill Morelli

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14 May 2019
The Story in Our Ancestor's Photos: Using Photos and Stories in Your Family History.
Presented by Winona Laird

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11 June 2019
Mapping your ancestors: how geography can be an untapped resource for genealogy research. Learn how to use geography and maps to provide visual clues that will help focus research, locate property and identify lost place names.
Presented by Janet Camarata.

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Summer 2018:
Summer Break
Our members have two short months to complete a major genealogy project, take a research trip or have the ultimate genealogy experience. Have fun ~ And come back and tell us about it!
 
 

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Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1952, Tacoma, Washington 98401, USA
Updated Saturday, 03 November 2018, 05:00:52 PM CDT
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The Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society (TPCGS) is a registered nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code using EIN 91-1180097. In addition, the TPCGS is a registered nonprofit corporation in the state of Washington under WAC 458-20-169 using UBI 600444975. As such, your donations and contributions may be tax deductible and are greatly appreciated. Fundraising activities are occasionally held for the benefit of the TPCGS.

The purpose of the TPCGS is to stimulate popular interest in family history, to seek genealogical and historical knowledge, to preserve and perpetuate the records of our ancestors, to aid individual members in compiling their family histories, and to collect and publish genealogical source material.