Celebrating 52 Years of Service to Clark County

Writing Your Own Family History

May 28, 2024, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. with David Bruey

Family history books take many forms ranging from some stapled photocopied pages to thick hardcover volumes. Some histories trace only one family surname while others trace all ancestral lines. Some stop at listing the “begats” while others go deeper to tell stories of ancestors’ lives. There is not only one “correct” way to write a family history. Each is a unique product of its author’s creativity. This program presents numerous options open to prospective writers. It will use The Ancestry of Amelia Marilla Morley to illustrate the stages of writing and publishing from the book’s original conception to its acceptance onto the shelves of major genealogical libraries.

David Bruey is the author of The Ancestry of Amelia Marilla Morley and is working on his next family history book. He has taken twenty-eight genealogy courses thus far and presents programs without charge for genealogical societies. David holds a BA in English and an MA focused on cross-cultural communication. He has taught English Language and Comparative Literature and has lived and worked abroad in French and a dialect of Arabic. David is retired from his university career in international education administration and lives with his wife Nancy in Salem, Oregon. They have four children and six grandchildren.

The program will be presented virtually and can be viewed from home or with others at the library. Contact us for more information.

First Tuesday 2024 Monthly Education Sessions

CCGS is offering monthly classes along with guided workshops in the afternoon. Register now for sessions beginning March 5th. For more information about topics, see our classes page.

Come Visit Our Library!

Our librarians are available to answer your questions and help direct you to the many resources that are available for your use within our library. Remember, not everything is online, so come in to the library and see what you can find to enhance your family history.

As a familysearch.org affiliate library, we offer you access to an extensive range of documents that may not be readily available from the comfort of your home. Furthermore, we provide subscriptions to ancestry.com and americanancestors.org, which can be accessed on our library computers. Our collection boasts over 8,000 books, including some unique and hard-to-find titles, along with pedigree charts to assist you in documenting your research on paper, should you prefer this method. We eagerly anticipate your visit and look forward to assisting you soon.

Upcoming Events
  • Travel Research Preparation

    May 20, 2024  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Clark County Genealogical Soc, 3205 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, WA 98663, USA

    Description:"KNOW BEFORE YOU GO"
    Discussion on the many ways to prepare yourself for a research trip. Preplanning is essential; we will explore digital organization as well as how to confirm research location availability. Come join us, share ideas and get ready for your genealogy adventure no matter how big or small.

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  • Family Tree Maker

    May 20, 2024  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Clark County Genealogical Society, 3205 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, WA 98663, USA

    Snack and Chat Under the Tree. Do you use Family Tree Maker genealogy software? Come join this informal group as we discuss the inner workings of Family Tree Maker. Meet in the CCGS classroom and don't forget your lunch or a snack!

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  • Legacy Family Tree Webinar

    May 22, 2024  11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Clark County Genealogical Society, 3205 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, WA 98663, USA

    • Richard Miller; A Tour of Goldie May’s Genealogy Power Tools; Come see a variety of tools available in genealogy research software Goldie May. Organize your research into projects, keep an automatic research log (seriously!), write citations easily, analyze your research, quickly navigate to relevant record collections, and untangle knots in your family tree. Keep the family tree software you already have and see how Goldie May can help you with organization, visualization, and quick navigation.

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  • CCGS Members Only - Legacy Family Tree Webinar "The Best of Elizabeth Shown Mills"

    May 24, 2024  11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Clark County Genealogical Society, 3205 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, WA 98663, USA

    • Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL; Identity Crises: Right Name; Wrong Man? Wrong Name, Right Man; What do we do with ancestors whose names don’t “match” from one record to the next? Or those who pose the opposite problem: too many men or women of the same name? This session examines a litany of social customs and naming patterns that cause ancestors to be known by different names—then offers techniques and strategies by which we can establish that any two records do or do not apply to the same person. A variety of case studies demonstrate the problems and the methods we can use to overcome them.

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  • Craft Clan

    May 25, 2024  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Clark County Genealogical Society, 3205 NE 52nd St, Vancouver, WA 98663, USA

    Preserving and connecting with Family Stories — Our 2024 project is saving and presrving our 2022 Gallery of Grandmothers display into a Scrapbook format.  All creative hands are welcome.  Get on email notification list - Contact marcia@ccgswa.org 

    Thanks, Marcia

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