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Past Meetings

September 2015

Four Lodge members attended the September GIG meeting: Pat Huber, Marvin Reed, Joel Myklebust, and Burt Koske. We continued our discussion about using DNA to determine your ancestry. On 24 September Marvin, Pat and I attended a Fairfax Genealogical Society meeting where we heard a presentation from an expert in DNA research, Jim Bartlett, on the basics of DNA research. We also started to prepare a list bygdeboker that GIG members have available. We will continue to focus on helping each other.

October 2012

The lodge’s Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) met at Norway House on Saturday, Oct 27th. We had an excellent speaker. Marvin invited Brooke Nelson to speak with us about genealogy software. Brooke is an experienced genealogist. It was a very interesting and useful presentation.

He spoke about some of the limitations in the commercially available genealogy software. Two of these limitations include:

  • being able to share events (other than just marriages and divorces) such as census or immigration records that may involve many people: and
  • being able to link photos or other documents rather than imbed them in the database, which can quickly lead to a very massive data file.

Brooke covered about 10 additional limitations that he had found problematical. These limitations has led him to create his own genealogy software, which expects to make available in the next year or so.

November 2011

The lodge’s Genealogy Interest Group met on November 19 to hear two informative presentations on genealogy software. Marvin Reed discussed Family Tree Maker and Burt Koske Legacy. Many thanks to both presenters. 

April 2011

The lodge's GIG met on Saturday, April 16, at 2 pm in the Cultural Center. The primary items on the agenda were the planning of the Genealogy 101 Workshop in June and a review of the first draft of the Roots Project narratives. 

March 2011

The GIG met on March 19, 2011.

Brooke Nelson

February 2011

Guest speaker Brooke Nelson gave an interesting talk on documenting genealogical sources. Many thanks to Marvin Reed for organizing this meeting. 

Pictured at right: Brooke Nelson



September 25, 2010

The GIG met on September 25, 2010

August 21, 2010

The August GIG meeting was held at the Culture Center on Saturday, August 21. (No meeting was held in July 2010)

June 26, 2010

The June GIG meeting was held at the Cultural Center on Saturday, June 26, at 3 pm.

May 22, 2010

The May meeting was held on May 22 at the Lodge's Cultural Center. Members present were the following: Burt Koske, Joyce Lawrence, Pam Massaglia, Christine Meloni, Rick Nelson, and Clarissa Peterson. The following members informed us that they would not be able to attend: Carla Baer and Marvin Reed.

April 17, 2010

The April GIG meeting met in the lodge's Cultural Center. The members present were the following: Burt Koske, Joyce Lawrence, Christine Meloni, Rick Nelson, and Clarissa Peterson. Carla Baer, Marilyn Holbeck, Pam Massaglia, and Marvin Reed were unable to attend.

We began the meeting by congratulating Rick on completing all three levels of the Cultural Skills Genealogy program and thereby earning the pin and three bars. The meeting was primarily a workshop focusing on Level One of the Genealogy Cultural Skills program.






First picture: Award Winner Rick Nelson
Second picture: Christine, Clarissa, Joyce, and Burt

February 2010

Pam Massaglia hosted the GIG at the Virginia Family History Center in Oakton, Va., where she and her husband are co-directors. It was a very valuable and informative session.



Top Row, L to R: Marvin Reed, Burt Koske, Alan, RickNelson, Christine Meloni, Carla Baer, Joe Massaglia
Bottom Row: Clarissa Peterson, Pam Massaglia, Marilyn Holbeck

January 16, 2010

The Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) of the Sons of Norway Washington Lodge met in the Cultural Center of the Lodge from 10 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

The following members were present:  Rick Nelson (Convener), Burt Koske (Wiki Co-Editor), Christine Meloni (Secretary and Wiki Co-Editor), and Marilyn Holbeck. Carla Baer, Pam Massaglia, and Marvin Reed sent word that they would be unable to attend.

December 12, 2009

We met at the Fairfax City Public Library in a private meeting room from 11 am to 1 pm. Those present were Rick Nelson (GIG leader), Burt Koske (wiki co-administrator), Christine Meloni (secretary and wiki co-administrator), Marilyn Holbeck, Pam Massaglia, and Clarissa Peterson.


Top row, l to r, Clarissa, Burt, Rick, Christine
Bottom row, l to r, Marilyn, Pam

November 21, 2009

We met on Saturday, November 21, at the Library of Congress.


Left to right Rick (GIG leader), Carla, Marilyn (Organizer of Outing), Christine, Burt

October 17, 2009

The Genealogy Interest Group of the Sons of Norway Washington Lodge met in the Cultural Center of the Lodge from 10 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, October 17. (No meetings were held in August or September 2009).


Pictured: Rick Nelson, Marvin Reed, Burt Koske, Pam Massaglia (photographer Christine Meloni not in picture)

July 18, 2009

The seventh meeting of the GIG met on the porch of our lodge's Cultural Center. It was a beautiful summer morning, warm with a gentle breeze. The following members were present: ________

June 20, 2009

The Genealogy Interest Group of the Sons of Norway Washington Lodge met in a private room of the City of Fairfax Regional Library in Fairfax. Special guests were Verlyn Anderson, Prof Emeritus Concordia College, and his wife Evonne. At the lodge meeting the previous evening, Verlyn had given a fascinating talk on Norway's stave churches.


Standing: Marvin Reed, Kristin Stone, Rick Nelson, Marilyn Holbeck, Burt Koske, Betty Reed, Pam Massaglia, Evonne Anderson (guest)

Sitting: Christine Meloni, Bonita Lestina, Verlyn Anderson (guest)

May 16, 2009

The fifth meeting of the Washington Lodge Sons of Norway Genealogy group was held Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Lodge Cultural Center.



Those in attendance were (standing) Rick Nelson, Burt Koske, Joel Myklebust, Marvin Reed, and (sitting) Christine Meloni, Marilyn Holbeck, and Bonita Lestina.

April 18, 2009

The fourth meeting of the Washington Lodge Sons of Norway Genealogy group was held Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Lodge Cultural Center. It was a lovely day and we met outside on the porch of the Center.


Those in attendance were Christine Meloni, Marilyn Holbeck, and Rick Nelson.

March 21, 2009

The third meeting of the Washington Lodge Sons of Norway Genealogy group was held Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the Lodge Cultural Center. Those in attendance were Burt Koske, Christine Meloni, Joel Myklebust, Rick Nelson, and Marvin Reed.

Burt, Joel, Rick, Christine, and Marvin stand next to the map that indicates the origins of lodge members

Burt and Rick examine Joel's family tree

February 20, 2009

The second meeting of the Washington Lodge Sons of Norway Genealogy group was held Saturday, February 20, at the Lodge Cultural Center. Attendees were Marilyn Holbeck, Burt Koske, Bonita Lestina, Christine Meloni, Rick Nelson, Al Olsen, and Marvin Reed

January 17, 2009

The first meeting of the Washington Lodge Sons of Norway Genealogy group was held Saturday, January 17th, at the Lodge Cultural Center. Four attended this first meeting and others sent written suggestions.