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JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY


Beginning Genealogy Class: An Introduction to Family History


An accurate family history requires more than going online. While many records are now
available through the internet, more is needed than typing a name into Google. Jefferson
County Genealogical Society offers a 5 week Beginning Genealogy Class designed to provide an
overview of the basic steps for successful genealogical research. The class can be a helpful
refresher to researchers who have started to work on their family history as well as for those who
are truly “beginning”.

The use of genealogical forms, vital records, and census records will be covered. We will give an
introduction to additional types of records such as land, probate, military, and immigration as
well. Attention will be paid to online research, but you do not have to use a computer to take the
class, as all types of resources will be covered.

The class will be held on 5 Monday afternoons October 18th through November 15th from 1 to
3:30 at the Historical Research Center, 13692 Airport Cutoff Road. The cost is $30 for Genealogy Society members and $50 for one non-member or $45 each for family groupings (one year membership included in cost). The class is limited to 18 students. Registration will be accepted through October 13th.

To register complete the registration form found by clicking on Download Registration Form below. Mail it with your check to: JCGS, PO Box 627, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
For questions call Eileen 385-0673 or Bev 385-6599.


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Journey Stories

 

Submit your journey story; visit JCGS open house Oct. 2.  In conjunction with the current Smithsonian “Journey Stories” exhibit at the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum, the Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) hosts an open house on Saturday, Oct 2, and invites residents to submit a journey story from their own family history.

 

The exhibit, continuing through Oct 17 and featuring travel experiences during four centuries of American history, will undoubtedly trigger reflection about your own family experiences of travel.

 

What drew your family to North America or across the continent? How did they travel? How did they – or you – choose to settle in Jefferson County? Submit your story of up to 1,500 words, or three pages, by Oct. 17 to wajcgs@olympus.net or JCGS, P.O. Box 627, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Illustrations can be included in the text. Documentation is not required, though footnotes or endnotes are welcomed and not included in the length limit. Each participant will receive a certificate, and a selection of stories will be published on the JCGS website. All stories will become a permanent part of the genealogical society’s collection of research materials housed at the Research Center at 13692 Airport Cutoff Road.

 

Journey stories also provide the theme for the JCGS open house on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Research Center. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and view the display of family journey stories contributed by the JCGS Writers Group. The center houses information about Jefferson County families as well as resources for family history research throughout the United States and abroad. Learn more about where your family lived and how they traveled. JCGS volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors in learning more about their family history.

 

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