WVGS Executive Board Meeting: 
Thursday, May 10th, 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, May 12th, 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: "Going Home to Ireland"
      Speaker:  Kathy Valdez

  According to the Census, there are 34.5 million Americans who list their heritage as either primarily or partially Irish. That number is, incidentally, seven times larger than the population of Ireland itself (4.68 million). Irish is the second-most common ancestry among Americans, falling just behind German (The Washington Post, 2013). From 1820 to 1860, 1,956,557 Irish arrived, 75% of these after the Great Irish Famine (or The Great Hunger, Irish: An Gorta Mór) of 1845–1852, struck. The Irish people were the first of many to immigrate to the U.S. in mass waves, including large groups of single young women between the ages of 16 and 24 (Wikipedia).

  Are you one of their descendants? Many people of Irish descent retain a sense of their Irish heritage. The culture of Ireland includes customs and traditions, language, music, art, literature, folklore, cuisine and sports associated with Ireland and the Irish people. And the primary search is for where in Ireland your ancestor was from.

  Kathy Valdez of Silverton Area Ancestry Detectives shares her story of how she broke through ancestral mysteries to fulfill her lifelong dream of going 'home' to Ireland.

               Our programs are always open to the public.

Autosomal DNA Q&A with Denise Sproed
By Appointment - 5:00 pm to Library Closing, Tue-Fri
Salem Public Library
The WVGS Desk (Main Level, Southwest)
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, Oregon

Go to the 'Research' page to submit an appointment request.
2018- "Time to Start on Your Geneaology"
Dates:       June 11th, 18th, & 25th, July 2nd, & 9th
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 register in the Computer Lab at the Center 50+. Basic computer skills are needed.

The class is a continuation of the January 2018 class, covering the basics of genealogy, how to get started, making a Beginner’s Plan, the basics of DNA testing for genealogy and genealogy topics L to Z.

Upcoming General Meeting Programs:
June - Emily Aulicino: "You have a DNA match; now what?"
July - Bill Stram: "All Nations Native American Veterans Memorial"
August - Virginia Green: "Women in Salem History"
September - Tom O'Brien: "Exploring Genanet"
October - To be announced
November - Jerry Rodgers: "The Mayflower"
December - The WVGS Annual Potluck & Auction
January 2019 - The WVGS 50th Anniversary Celebration

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