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February 9, 2013: "Tax Considerations When Forming a Business," by David Liesse, Treasurer PS-APG,:  National Archives, Pacific Alaska Region, 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA  98115.  Time:  10 am to 1 pm.   

April 13, 2013: "Timelines and Chronologies," by Janet CamarataLocation:  National Archives, Pacific Alaska Region, 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA  98115.  Time:  10 am to 1 pm.

June 8, 2013:  PS-APG will present “Free and Low-Cost Case Law Research” by Kim Ositis, Reference Librarian from the Public Law Library of King County.  Time 10 am to about 1 pm. Location:  National Archives 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. 

August 10, 2013:  PS-APG will present an open discussion with a webinar on “Marketing Your Genealogy Business,” followed by a potluck. Time: 10 am to about 1 pm, Lunch about Noon. Location: home of the PS-APG Program Coordinator, Winona Laird at 26223 144th Ave SE, Kent.  Everyone please bring either a salad, hot dish or a dessert.  Our host will provide plates and utensils

October 12, 2013 Field Trip: PS-APG will host a visit to the Family History Center in Burien.  Location:  14022 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Seattle, WA  98166.  T:  206-957-0792.  Time:  10 am to 12 pm.  The topics will be the new FamilySearch and Family Tree.  Please bring your laptop and a gedcom file of your family tree. PS-APG will hold a business meeting at 10 am.   Click here for more information on this FHC and a map. 

November 9, 2013: CANCELED

December 14, 2013: PS-APG will hold their annual Holiday Potluck Party at the National Archives 6125 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA.  The gathering will start at 10 am and go to about 1 pm.  This is the annual potluck so PS-APG members please bring a covered dish, salad or dessert.  Drinks, paper plates, napkins and flatware will be provided.  There will be a business meeting and a round table discussion will be held on how to do a business plan.  Hopefully the construction on Sand Point Way will be done by this meeting.  Click here for updates.



February 11, 2012: "Podcast, Webinars and Blogs, Oh My!  Genealogical Education in the Digital Age!," by Claudia Breland, Secretary PS-APG,:  Renton Public Library, 100 Mill Avenue South, Renton, WA (425) 226-0643.  Time:  10 am to 1 pm.   Click here for meeting flyer.

April 14, 2012:  "Who is Brockbank of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley?:  A Study in Methodology and the Genealogical Proof Standard!" by PS-APG member Eric Stroschein.  Location:  National Archives in Seattle (NARA).  Time:  10 am to 1 pm.  Click here for meeting flyer.

July 14, 2012
:  An informal get-together will be held at the home of Bonnie Jean MacDonald from 11 AM to 2 PM or later.  there will be Wi-Fi access. The theme of this get-together is a problem-solving session for genealogists and getting to know each other better. For further information, please e-mail Bonnie Jean MacDonald.  Bon_Mac@msn.com

September 29, 2012
: PS-APG will present "Genealogists:  Access Denied" by Jerry Handfield, Washington State Archivist. Time 10-1 pm.  Location:  Washington State Archives:  1129 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA.  For more information and a map, click here for meeting flyer.

December 8, 2012: Our Annual Holiday Party and Meeting.  Join us for our 10 year Anniversary Celebration!  Location:  National Archives in Seattle.  Festivities will begin at 10 am and will conclude at 1:00 pm.  Click here for meeting flyer.



February 12, 2011: "Westward Migration During the Gold Rush Era," by Jim Johnson, Director of the Heritage Quest Research Library in Sumner, WA. Location:  National Archives Seattle.  The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m., followed by a PS-APG business meeting. Click here for meeting flyer.

April 30, 2011:  "Advanced Genealogical Education" by PS-APG member Steven W. Morrison Location:  Tacoma Public Library (TPL).  Time:  10 am to 12 noon.  There will be a PS-APG business meeting following the lecture.  A tour of the Northwest Room at the TPL is being planned for about 1 pm and time for research will follow the meeting.  Click here for meeting flyer.

October 1 2011: "Citing Your Sources,” a workshop by Jean Yager.  Time:  9:30 to 1:30 pm.  Location:  Heritage Quest Research Library, Sumner, Washington.  There will be a PS-APG business meeting from 10 to 11 am.  The workshop will be from 11 am to 1 pm.  There will be refreshments and treats at 9:30 am. There will be time to do research at HQRL, small fee required.  Please RSVP to mailto:BON_MAC@msn.comClick here for meeting flyer.

December 10, 2011: Our Annual Holiday Party and Meeting.  Location:  National Archives in Seattle.  Start time 10 a.m. followed by a PS-APG business meeting.  Click here for meeting flyer.




February 13, 2010: "Mayflower Treasures," by Charlotte Kennedy, Webmaster and Designer of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Washington State. Location:  Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library.  The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by a PS-APG business meeting. Click here for meeting flyer.

April 10, 2010:  Tour of the Northwest African American Museum in South Seattle. Here is the link for you to study: http://naamnw.org/.  The tour will start at 11:30 a.m. at the museum. There will be no PS-APG business meeting that day. Click here for meeting flyer.

May 24, 2010:   Seminar with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
6:00 - 8:30 p.m., Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Room, 525 North 85th
Street, Seattle.  Visit this link for information on Elissa at her website:  http://www.powellgenealogy.com/.
See our Events page for more information.

July 31, 2010: The Genealogical Council of Oregon is hosting Elizabeth Shown Mills in Eugene, Oregon on this date.  There will be a joint meeting with the Oregon Chapter of APG and PS-APG.

October 30, 2010: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard to Solve a Genealogical Problem,” by Patricia “Trish” Hackett Nicola, CG.  Location:  Magnolia Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Time: 11:30 to 1:30 pm.  The lecture is followed by a PS-APG business meeting.  Click here to download the meeting flyer.

Dec 11, 2010: Our Annual Holiday Party with genealogical sharing time.  Location:  National Archives in Seattle.  Start time 10 a.m. followed by a PS-APG business meeting.  Click here to download the meeting flyer.




February 21, 2009"Names Have Families Too," by Ida Skarson McCormick.   Location:  Seattle Public Library, Lake City Branch. 

April 11, 2009:  "Book Printing and Self-Publishing," by Kathleen Shaputis of Gorham Publishing, Centralia, Washington. Location:  National Archives in Seattle. 

July 11, 2009:  Let's Talk Genealogy, a sharing and discussion time hosted by PS-APG members.  Location:  PS-APG President's home.  Starting time 12 Noon. 

October 28 2009Genealogical Gems at the King County Archives.   This is a field trip and tour of the facilities which will take about 45 minutes.  The tour will start at 10:30 am and be done about 12 noon.  The King County Archives are located at 1215 Fir St. in downtown Seattle.  More information is on the meeting flyer.   

December 12, 2009:  This is our annual Holiday Potluck Party. Location:  National Archives in Seattle




February 2008:  University of Washington Library Gems Tour, with Evelyn Roehl of Kin Hunters.

April  2008:  "Native American Research," by Carol Buswell of NARA. 

July 2008:  "Art History for Genealogists," by Patricia Moss of MA3 Family History and Art Detective. Held at the Kent Historical Society. 

October 2008:  Nordic Immigration to Washington, tour by Shirley Sjoslien, Docent of the Nordic Heritage Museum. PS-APG business meeting held at Azteca local restaurant in Ballard.

December  2008:  This is our annual Chapter Holiday Party held at NARA.





February 2007:  "Canadian Resources," Judith Argent, former Librarian of the Cloverdale Library, Surrey, BC, held at NARA. Special Event:  PS-APG Book Sale/Exchange. 

April 2007: Jacqueline (Jackie) E.A. Lawson and Edith Gibson Giles, "African American Genealogical Research Challenges,"  held at the Shoreline Historical Society along with a tour of the research facilities.

June 2007:   "Dating and Identifying Old Photos," Karen Wallace Steely of  The Past Matters® Location:  Shoreline Public Library.

August 2007:  "Olympic Peninsula Genealogical Treasures," by Lesa Barnes of LBGenealogy. Location:  NARA

October 2007: Brickwalls are Part of the Challenge of Genealogy, PS-APG Roundtable Discussion.  Location:  NARA.  Special Event:  PS-APG’s  - 5th year Anniversary Celebration!!!

December 8, 2007: PS-APG Goals Discussion, Roundtable Discussion by PS-APG Members.  Location: NARA. Special Event:   Annual Holiday Party




February 2006:  "From Historian to Genealogist to Author–How the Records Can Lead the Way," Donna Bingham Munger, author and genealogist. Location:  NARA.

April 2006: "The Role of the Private Investigator in Genealogical Related Searches," Alexis Montgomery, PI  FR Investigations. Location:  NARA

June 2006: "The Challenges of Jewish Genealogy," by Lyn Blyden, President, Jewish Genealogy Society of Washington. Location: NARA.

August 2006: "Old Seattle Cemetery at Denny Park," John LaMont, Genealogy & History Librarian.  Location:  Seattle Public Library.

October 2006: "D.A.R. Simplified," Catherine Roberti, former Registrar and Margaret Ernest, current Registrar, Rainier Chapter, D.A.R. Location:  NARA.

December 2006: The Process of Certification – the New Rules, panel discussion – headed by Trish Hackett Nicola CG of Family Traces and Heather McLeland-Weiser CG, Librarian, Seattle Public Library. Location:  NARA.




February 2005: "Accounting for a Small Business, Like Genealogy," by Nancy Edmondson, CPA. Location:  NARA.

April 2005: "The History of Fashion from the French Revolution and Cataloging Books with Bibliographic Software," by Karen Wallace Steely of The Past Matters®.  Location:  NARA.

June 2005: "How to Have  Successful Genealogical Research Trip," by Bonnie Jean MacDonald of  BJM Genealogical Research Services.  Location: Shoreline Public Library.

August 2005: "Promoting Yourself and Your Genealogy Business," by Peri Muhich.  Location:  NARA.

October 2005: "Heritage Photos:  Scanning, Restoring, Preserving & Publishing," by Alan Rowberg, Northwest Hospital PACS Manager.  Location:  NARA.

December 2005: PS-APG Holiday Party and Sharing.  Location NARA.





February 2004:   Tour of the Fiske Genealogical Library, by Gary Zimmerman, FGL President.

April 2004:  "Chinese Exclusion Act Records," Susan H. Karren, Director, Archival Operations, NARA Pacific Alaska Region.

June  2004: "Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives Overview of Records Held," by Michael Saunders, Archivist. 

August 2004: Tour of the new Seattle Central Library Genealogy & Seattle History Collections, at the Seattle Public Library.

October 2004:  Continuing Education Opportunities for Genealogists, Panel Discussion and contributions by PS-APG members. Covered: U.W. Genealogy Certification Program, Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy, Samford University Institute of Historical and Genealogical Research (IGHR), National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), Washington DC, Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), National Genealogical Society (NGS), APG Professional Management Conference.  Location:  NARA

December 2004: "Insurance for the Self-Employed," by Wendy Brown, held at NARA.





February 2003: "Native American Records at NARA," by John S. Ferrell. Location NARA.

April 2003: "Family History and Henry Yesler," by Lorraine C. McConaghy, Ph.D., Historian at Museum of History & Industry.

June 2003:  "Getting a Handle on Business: Some Considerations," by Lauren Richardson of Family Branches Genealogical Research Services and Lisa Petersen of Kinquest.   

August 2003:  "Passenger Lists with Emphasis on German Records," by Evelyn M. Roehl of Kin Hunters.

October 2003: "Using Law Libraries," by Heather McLeland-Wieser, Librarian, Seattle Public Library

December 2003: Holiday Celebration and Social – Good food and good sharing




December 2002: "How to Research Your Home," by Peri Muhich, of Historic Seattle.  Location:  NARA.

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