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Colletta Seminar

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Sept. 22, 2018 at beautiful Salish Hall on the Green River College Campus, Auburn


The day began with coffee, tea, books, raffle items and a great Silent Auction John Philip Colletta, PhD., began the day by introducing us to archives, libraries and manuscript repositories, discussing who created the records or documents and where we might find them. After a thorough introduction, he dove into several research cases, which included the records and how he found them. This was very enlightening, because so often we find one piece of evidence but never follow up to find the records and story behind the notation in an index, or sentence in a book.

Before lunch, we traveled through the Library of Congress, and what research one can do in each of the specialized Reading Room/Research Centers. After lunch, we learned of some Lesser Used Federal Record, which provide detail about our ancestor's lives and biographies, rather than lineage. The amount of information one can find is astounding…

Franklin—Growth and Struggles of Company Coal Town

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Part I—The Rest of the Story By MaryLynn Strickland
A couple of miles east of Black Diamond is the town of Franklin, now a ghost town but once the site of the Oregon Improvement Company’s mine.  Inhabitants were made up of immigrants mostly Welsh, English, Irish, Italian and Scots.  Other European immigrants included Swedes, Poles and Austrians.  When the Seattle to Walla Walla Railroad was extended to Franklin, coal was shipped to San Francisco and the operations grew.


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 18, 1891, described Franklin thus:

“Franklin is blessed with one of the most beautiful sites in Washington, though it is the last place a real estate man would choose for a townsite.  It clings to the steep side of a mountain which rises precipitously from the right bank of the raging, roaring, tumbling Green river (sic).  The main part of the town is so high up the mountain that the railroad has to crawl up the side to the tail of a Y and then turn back again to reach the required el…

How Are You Related? Let Legacy Family Tree Calculate the Ways!

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Are you related to a direct-line ancestor in more than one way? If you are not certain, do you know how to find out? What method have you used to determine ALL the different ways in which you are related to an ancestor or another individual? This has been my dilemma for years, until I discovered the answer in Legacy Family Tree.


 Let me explain.


My paternal grandmother, Mabel Clair Maris, was a birth-right Quaker – meaning her parents were both members of the Quaker (Society of Friends) religion when she was born. The Quakers are a very close-knit community and members were “disowned,” i.e. removed from membership if they married outside their faith. The Quakers also tended to move from one community to another as groups of families. Consequently, several of my Quaker immigrant ancestor’s descendants migrated from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and ultimately to Indiana and intermarried along the way.

My four paternal 2nd-great-grandparent’s surnames are MARIS, JONES, HADLEY, and WOOD…

Black Diamond, Washington

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by Katie Hanzeli

“If it wasn’t for coal, there never would have been a Black Diamond, Washington.”1

     About 1885, the Black Diamond Coal Company of California sent Morgan Morgan, their
superintendent and Mr. P. B. Cornwall, the company’s president up North to check out the prospect of moving its entire operation from Nortonville to what is now Black Diamond, Washington. Coal, good quality coal, had been discovered in Newcastle, just North of there and explorations showed that even more was to be had. Morgan and Cornwall liked what they saw. The mostly Welsh and some Italian employees, their families and all the equipment were packed up, lock, stock and barrel, and moved to Washington.      Even before coal became king, there were homesteaders nearby, who had to go to Seattle via Covington to get supplies. Everything else they grew themselves, including tobacco.2 They had been settled in the area since the early 1870’s.      Welsh, Italians, Slovenians, British and other nationalitie…

Welcome to the SKCGS Blog

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By Barbara Mattoon
To communicate with our members more frequently than a quarterly newsletter, the Board of Directors has decided to initiate a weekly blog post.  The blog will contain: Society news and announcements as well as current news items of interest to genealogists,Book reviews, interviews, suggestions for research,Articles about local locations of interest to those studying family history andStories from our members and other Washington State Societies.
Most of you have already learned the benefits of belonging to a local society (or more than one).However, I am sure that when you talk with others about the Society, they say “Why would I want to join the South King County Genealogical Society?My family is not from this area”.Here are a few things you could share to convince them to join: One of the most important reasons to join is to draw on the knowledge of a group of experienced genealogists.In our May 2018 general meeting we heard Cyndi Ingle do a presentation on accessin…