Friday, April 14, 2017


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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”.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Antique Valuations Provide a Need to Unravel Stories

by TCGS Member, Susan Davis Faulkner

The TriCity Genealogical Society does not typically meet during the summer months, but those that
attended the Maurer Antique Appraisal Special Event were once again Wowed by an Art Kelly Spectacular on July 13, 2016.

Terry and Kathy Maurer of Maurer Appraisals provided TCGS members their own Antique Roadshow. Those members that registered to have their antiques valuated obtained a better understanding of their items. Everyone in the audience, however, learned something new about history and items that surrounded our ancestors.

Terry Maurer began the evening by explaining the difference between Valuations and Appraisals. Valuations are typically done through a home visit. The Maurers often will visit a client’s home and have discussions about various items. They can provide some interesting tidbits of the history of the item and an approximate value. Appraisals are written legal documents that go into much more detail about an item or a collection. Valuations are typically used when an owner of antiques is curious about their items or collection. Appraisals are necessary when an item or collection is of high value, usually over $5000.00, and addresses issues that come up during probate, taxes, and insurance.

Antique values change because retail interests change. Terry Maurer provided a wonderful example using the well-known PBS television program of the “Antiques Roadshow”. The “Antiques Roadshow” aired a special episode on their 15th year anniversary. They showed the original interaction between the antique owner and the appraiser. 15 years later PBS asked the same appraiser (if they could locate them) to redo the valuation of the same item. Terry found it interesting that there was a very close ratio of values had increased, stayed the same, and decreased. He encouraged the audience to understand that antiques are not a good financial investment, but that the collection of antiques can be an enjoyable hobby.

After this wonderful and educational introduction, Terry and Kathy discussed each item that was brought to the TriCity Genealogical Society Special Event. As interesting as each item was, accompanied by many gasps and giggles, I am still basking in my own personal discoveries.

My husband and I couldn’t agree on which items to have valuated, so I submitted two items and Kathy encouraged me to bring both of them to the meeting. One of my husband’s prize possessions has been an Audubon lithograph. I’ve been skeptical of it for years. Doing a small amount of research I was concerned that it was a fraud. I was much more interested in a cane bottom chair that my husband had inherited. His opinion of the chair was that it didn’t have much value. He grew up with it sitting to the side of the dining room table and wasn’t sure if his mother had purchased it or if her mother had given it to her. He believed that it was manufactured around 1940 and was merely the last survivor of someone’s dinette set. The Maurers valued the lithograph at about $25.00, unless we could convince someone to pay more. The back of the lithograph had a certificate from Calhoun’s Collectors Society and the certificate did specify that it was a Limited Edition, not of Audubon but rather of Calhoun’s. Certificates like this one should be read very carefully and parsed out for what Terry Maurer termed “weasel words”. Kathy Maurer explained that the cane bottom chair was made of solid wood and that the cane-ing was unusual. She explained that the chair was probably made sometime between 1870 and 1890. Alone it didn’t carry a high value, but in that moment it became extremely sentimental to me.

There were much more fascinating items shared during the event. Some antique owners were encouraged to research their item for more detail to get a better understanding of what they had. In order to start their research the Maurers provided them with specific information and told them what to look for. Manufacturing marks etcetera can help place a date or location with an item. With better understanding of the item and its history it would be easier to get a more definite answer to what their item was worth.

Antiques tell beautiful stories and there were many stories explored and unraveled on July 13. Some of the stories are just beginning to surface. In my own situation my husband and I are shocked to discover that his family had such an old item like the cane bottom chair in his impoverished childhood home. We are now looking for additional clues as to where it came from and how it got to him. I’m sure there are other individuals that attended the event that have their own stories to unravel. Marian Halverson, however, is not one of those individuals. The climax of the event was a set of small medallions set in a necklace setting that was accompanied by a beautiful photograph of her grandmother as a young woman wearing the necklace. This proof of provenance is often what makes an antique valuable, yet the value may very well mean so much in a sentimental state that the monetary valuation is mute.

Terry Maurer writes a column titled “What’s It Worth” that is published in the TriCity Herald every other Sunday. To learn more about antiques and their value follow his entertaining column. Here is a link to several of his columns on the TriCity Herald website. Hopefully you will discover more about your ancestors by studying the items that surrounded them. You too may find a story that needs unraveling.