Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Finding Family History Magazines Locally

Did you know that Barnes and Noble in the Columbia Center Mall carries the following family history magazines:

Who Do You Think You Are?
  Associated with the TV show of the same name, based in United Kingdom, 13 issues/year

Your Family History
  Based in United Kingdom, 13 issues/year

Family Tree Magazine
  Based in United States, 7 issues/year

Irish Roots
  Based in Ireland, 4 issues/year

Thanks to Art Kelly for sharing that information.

Also, you can find the last two years of Family Tree Magazine at the Kennewick (Union) library.  If you are a member of Mid-Columbia Libraries you can use their e-magazine service, Zinio, to download digital issues of Family Tree Magazine.  You can borrow issues indefinitely and can receive a notice when the next issue is available for download.

Friday, April 14, 2017


Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 14-16th, Legacy Family Tree Webinars is celebrating their 500th webinar with a FREE webinar weekend for everyone!

Click here: http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2017/04/the-journey-to-webinar-500-plus-free-access-this-weekend.html to access their website and view a webinar or two for free.

These webinars are created by the same professionals who present at the national conferences and other large regional conferences.

Don't miss this first-time opportunity to peruse the webinar library and learn some new skills to help find your ancestors today!

Beginners' Class: Marriage Records

The TCGS Beginners' Class on Wednesday evening covered marriage records. Marriage records are the oldest records available in the United States. There are many kinds of records associated with marriage records, such as consent affidavits, declarations of intent, marriage bonds, marriage banns, applications, licenses and certificates are just a few.

Marriages that cannot be found may not have taken place in the town or county one might have expected. Could this have been a Gretna Green marriage? Find out more about this type of marriage by reading the resources available on the attached  handout.

Next month, May 24th, the TCGS Beginners' Class will cover death and burial records.

Come join us! You might learn some little known facts that will be just what you need to find a missing ancestor.

April Handout - Marriage Records

Sunday, March 26, 2017


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beginners’ Class: Birth Records

Wednesday evening’s TCGS Beginners’ Class described how vital records evolved into what we have today. Then a brief overview was given about birth records.

The information about birth records was given machine-gun style because of time and the amount of information to cover.

The handout is designed to allow attendees to retrace the steps used to create the presentation and find more information about the topic covered. 

Here is a link to the handout if you did not get one or if you would like the hotlinks provided in the handout: March: Beginners' Class Vital Records Handout

Next month we will be reviewing Marriage Records. This may take two meetings as there is a lot more information to cover with marriage records than there was with birth records.

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What's Been and What's to Come

By Connie Estep

Snow and ice cancelled the last two meetings: the December “Show and Tell” meeting featuring members’ collections and heirlooms; and for January, Hanford History Project Archivist, Robert Franklin. He has been rescheduled for the June meeting.

December was to be the last meeting at Charbonneau with a move to the Benton County PUD auditorium for meetings this year. The PUD is on 10th Avenue in Kennewick, just east of 395.

Keep your fingers crossed for better weather for the February meeting. As of Monday night (Feb 13) rain is predicted for meeting night but temperatures are expected to stay above freezing.

The February 15th meeting features Glenn Allison in a first person portrayal of a World War I “doughboy” at 7pm. Many of us saw Glenn perform as Captain Meriwether Lewis during and after the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial.

Come early Wednesday night for the Beginning Genealogy class running from 6:15 to 6:45 pm. Birth records are this month’s topic!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Award Giving Summer Social

Members of the TriCity Genealogical Society met at the home of Anne Nolan and John Covey for an evening of social interaction on Wednesday, August 10th. Many favorite potluck dishes were shared and enjoyed. John fired up the grill and offered sausage to anyone interested. President Walt Wood and his wife brought the final touch, homemade pies.

Easy conversation was the sweetest dish however. When a group of genealogists gets together topics are endless. Successes from recent research trips were interwoven with stories about grandchildren. Medical issues past and current, including archaic terms and definitions, surfaced and disappeared at will. There was seldom a moment with nothing to say or a repeated story to enjoy.

There was a little official business. President Walt Wood presented the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards which were originally presented in June at the Washington State Genealogical Society Conference in Tacoma. This year’s winners were Bill Floberg and John Covey. The following was not only printed on their certificates but read to those attending the social

Bill Floberg, of Kennewick, Washington, is recognized for his many years of support,
encouragement and assistance to the society. Mr. Floberg is one who is always working quietly in the background tending to the less than glamorous, but absolutely necessary, things that make a society successful. He can always be counted on to help whenever help is needed. For example, he manned the bookstore at the TCGS “Traveling Through Time” seminar in the fall of 2015. Had he not volunteered, there might not have been a bookstore. At present, Mr. Floberg is serving as vice-president of TCGS. He has also served as the membership chair for the last four years and chair of the judging committee for the year-long TCGS Archived Document Contest. Mr. Floberg is the definition of the word volunteer and richly deserves this recognition.

John Covey, of Richland, Washington, is recognized for his leadership and guidance through
challenging times. He was nominated by the Tri-City Genealogical Society (TCGS). Mr. Covey has served two terms as TCGS President. During his extended tenure, he led without hesitancy and he never lost his focus on successfully leading the society during and through difficult times. For many years Mr. Covey has coordinated week-long trips to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. He has also chaired the 2015 TCGS fall seminar “Traveling Through Time” with William Dollarhide as the featured presenter. Mr. Covey’s dedication to the preservation and success of TCGS makes him richly deserving of this award.

The TriCity Genealogical Society is honored to have this caliber of leadership guide the way. Bill Floberg and John Covey are in good company of Outstanding Volunteers awarded to other genealogical societies in the state of Washington. To read about the recognition given to other society volunteers access the Washington State Genealogical Society website’s article “Outstanding Volunteers and Teams – 2016”.