Winter Genealogy Class: "Time to Start on Your Geneaology"
Dates:       January 22 & 29, February 5, 12 & 26, 2018
Time:         10:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Location:   Center 50+, 2615 Portland Rd NE, Salem
Contact:    Alvin Scott, (503)588-6303 
Insructor:  Liz Tice, WVGS Member
Cost:          $30

The class is limited to 12 students plus 3 with their own laptops. You can preregister in the Computer Lab at the Center 50+. Basic computer skills are needed.

The class will cover the basics of genealogy, how to get started, making a Beginner’s Plan, the basics of DNA testing for genealogy and genealogy topics A-K (The June class will continue with topics L to Z).

Autosomal DNA Q&A with Denise Sproed
January 25, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
Salem Public Library
WVGS Desk (Main Level, Southwest)
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon

WVGS Executive Board Meeting: 
Thursday February 8th, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 

Broadway Commons - An Upstairs Room 
1300 Broadway Street NE 
Salem, Oregon 

General Meeting: The Public is welcome!
Saturday February 10th, 2018
Salem Public Library
Anderson Room A (Lower Level)
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon

10:30 am – 11:45 am   The General Membership Meeting.
A business meeting will be held to conduct society business. 

12:00 am – 1:00pm
      Program: "Atlantic Crossing - The Emigrant Experience"
      Speaker:  WVGS Member Doug Crosby

As Americans researching our family histories almost all of us envision emigrant ancestors. Unless you are full blooded Native American (or you are the emigrant) at some point you ask, "Which ancestor came to America?" When? Where from? Why? When we investigate these issues there are themes of motivation - piety? - poverty? - profit? - persecution? - and more. 

We find patterns in the routes of migration. Overland from Mexico? Perhaps thru Canada? By sea from China to San Francisco? For millions of researchers, and millions of emigrants, there was an Atlantic Crossing. There are periods of intense migration (think about the aftermath of the Potato Famine, or the "Great Migration" of the 1600's).

All of these factors enter into the search for our own answer to who and when. If we are fortunate we may be able to identify a specific ship and a certain day! Usually we use all of this to move us back to the family history in "the Old Country".

In this hour we will acknowledge, but largely ignore, these great themes and issues. The question of the day is this: Given an Atlantic Crossing, what was the typical experience in those days at sea?

               Our programs are always open to the public.

Upcoming General Meeting Programs:
March - Beth Gray tals about the DAR
April - Keith Pyeatt (Topic to be announced)
May - Kathleen Valdez "Irish Research"
June - Emily Aulicino on DNA

Do you have suggestions for a program? Let Doug Crosby know!