EGS Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

EGS has many Special Interest Groups with the following meeting schedules. For specific monthly information please click each SIG’s name in left column to open their webpage. Location addresses are below.

Computer Meets the 4th Saturday in the Community Room at Crossroads Shopping Center at 9:30 AM.
Czech/Slovak Meets 4 to 6 times per year. Meeting dates/times will be announced.
Family Tree Maker Meets the second Friday of December, then third Fridays beginning in January,  at Newcastle Library at 10:30 AM.

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking.  Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.       

Topic: “A travelogue through ancestral German homelands, with a little side trip into World War II France”

   Join Jon and Marilyn Schunke as they travel through Germany discovering the origins of Jon Schunke’s paternal immigrant ancestors – Schunke in Sachen-Anhalt, and Himmelsbach and Stumpf in Bavaria. Along the way, you’ll see how using information at home led them to the correct research facilities in Germany to search for birth records and land locations.

   Their study of maps, current and historical, was critical in finding the right locations…and oh the benefits of visiting the local Landeshaupt. Is it Bobbe and Wulfen or Bobbau and Wolfin? It makes a difference of 25 miles.

Discover why you should “like” Facebook pages and join Facebook groups. This led to learning about the recent discovery of the German origins of Jon’s maternal “Volga German” or “Germans from Russia” ancestors. The Conrad and Anna Margaretha “Reuswig” family emigrated to Norka, Russia, on the Volga River in 1766. See a “Pleve Chart” which shows their descendants down to the three generations of their “Reispich” descendants who immigrated to America in 1878. Jon’s “Reisbick” grandparents migrated to Portland, Oregon, by 1901. Prime example of why you can’t say spellings of names don’t change over time.

   And finally, they’ll take a look at Marilyn’s most recent ancestor, her father, who landed on Omaha Beach 13 days after D-Day. They’ll journey through Normandy and along the Brittany coast. While retracing her dad’s footsteps, they discovered firsthand how the French have not forgotten the American servicemen.

Presenter: Marilyn A. Schunke has been researching her family for 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program. She is currently a member of the New York Genealogical Society, Washington State Genealogical Society, Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS), as well as South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).  She has supported genealogy education in Puget Sound as Education Coordinator at Heritage Quest Research Library for several years and presenter of a Microsoft Windows 10 class. Marilyn is currently serving as co-leader of the EGS Legacy Special Interest and on the SKCGS Board as circulating librarian.

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Irish & Scots-Irish Irish/ScotsIrish SIG meets from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon on the Third Thursday of month in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20th St., Bellevue, WA
Italian Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at the LDS Church (Relief Society Room) at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, at 1:30 PM.

Next meeting of the Eastside Genealogical Society Legacy Special Interest Group

  • NEW DAY AND TIME – 3rd Thursday, March 15 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Same place – Relief Society Room, LDS Church, 10675 NE 20th Street, Bellevue
  • Topic: “Entering Preliminary (Secondary) Research into Legacy”

We will review a “repeatable process,” including To-Do Items, Source Clipboard, and adding Media images. These concepts will be demonstrated while inputting data from a published genealogy, The Maris Family in the United States. A Record of the Descendants of George and Alice Maris. 1683-1885.

England/Wales Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at at the LDS Church (Relief Society Room) at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue at 1:00pm.
The Unofficial TMG Discussion Group We meet on the third Wednesday of the month. Please see SIG page for location & time.

Location Addresses

Crossroads Mall Shopping Center
Community Meeting Room
NE 8th and 156th Ave NE,
Bellevue, WA
Lake Hills Library
15590 Lake Hills Blvd. SE
Bellevue, WA
Bellevue Regional Library
1111 110th Avenue N.E.,
Bellevue, WA 98004-4515,
WA State Puget Sound Regional Archives
Bellevue College,
3000 Landerholm SE,
Bellevue, WA 98007
Fire Station #22
6602 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA

Bellevue Family History Center
10675 NE 20th St,
Bellevue, WA 98004