Annual Potluck and Meeting

Tuesday, May 9th will be our annual membership meeting and potluck.  We will be meeting at noon at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Library to share a meal and learn what has been going on at the society during the past year and the outlook for the future.  We will also be voting on the officer positions of President, Vice President of the Library and Secretary, whose terms are all expiring.  Please bring a dish to share and join us for fellowship and voting.

There will also be a board meeting following the general meeting.


My Grandmother did What?

My Grandmother did what


From Lisa:  Grandfather, Herman Bolst, owned a Bakery in Longmont, CO that sponsored a Hockey team

From Phil: Grandfather, Ingolf Quam, left Norway as a 19 year old to travel to his uncles home in Idaho. The only English he knew was apple pie and coffee.

His Great-grandfather, Frank Bartlow worked for the Ringling Bros Circus. He was later killed by a circus elephant in Iowa.

From Bob: His mother Lil learned to be a trapeze artist with Ringling Bros Circus in Bloomington, IL., but was prevented by her mother when she wanted to travel with the circus.

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SVGS April Presentation and Meeting

On Tuesday, April 11th at 1 pm, The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society will be hosting a free presentation entitled Read ‘Em or Weep, Promises and Pitfalls in Newspaper Research.  Our presenter will be Mary Kircher Roddy.  Mary is a member of the Puget Sound Association of Professional Genealogists and has written articles for Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines.  The meeting will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, 6111 – 188th PL. NE, Arlington, WA 98223 and is open to society members and the public.

Genealogy 101 – Northwest Genealogy Conference

We are excited to have Peggy Lauritzen, AG as one of our speakers at the conference this year.  She will be teaching Genealogy 101:  A Course in Beginning Genealogy on the first day of our conference. This course will be of great interest to those just starting on their family search and also a good refresher for those of us who have been at it for a while. The course is free but you do need to register the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Website.

Peggy’s parents were avid genealogists and she grew up to love her family’s history.  She has served as a Family History Director and frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops and seminars and webinars.  She became accredited over 15 years ago and her area of expertise is the mid-South.  She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on and and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy.  She has also recently been asked to be part of the GenealogyDotCoach consulting team.


March Meeting

In search of another free educational opportunity? We aim to please!  Plan to attend our March presentation and meeting.  The meeting will be Tuesday, March 14th at 1 pm and will be our first to be held in our newly enlarged conference room. Our presenter will be Professional Genealogist Karin Coppernoll of Brick by Brick Genealogy and she will be sharing how to search un-indexed databases in our family history research.  Don’t miss this unique educational opportunity! Our society meeting will follow the presentation, both are free and open to members and the public.  You can find us at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library, 6111 188th Pl. NE, Arlington, WA.


Come Celebrate!

WHEN:  Saturday, March 18

Open House – Noon to 4 pm

cake and refreshments will be served

WHERE: Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library

6111 188th PL NE

Arlington, WA

WHAT:  Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society has expanded!   We have been able to expand into the west side of our building.  This expansion has allowed us to enlarge our conference room, improve our technology room to include to new computers, add an extra room for library materials and make room for more tables to sit at and do research.  We are very happy to have a larger space to better serve our patrons and hope you will come and help us celebrate.

Interesting Entertainment for the Genealogy Buff

If you are like me and enjoy genealogy related TV, you might like the following programs:


Who Do You Think You Are?  The first episode of this season aired this past Sunday.  If you missed it, you are not out of luck.  You can watch it online at The Learning Channel’s website. Hat tip to Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers for this information.

Long Lost Family. This show helps folks who were adopted find their biological family.  This show also airs on Sunday but if you have missed the past episodes, you can also watch them on The Learning Channel’s website.  The first episode appears to be free for everyone and the remainder are open to those with a cable subscription.

The third show that I have enjoyed is online at and is called Relative Race.  This show aired on Sunday as well, and just started it’s second season.  On this show, four couples have taken DNA tests and are racing across country meeting relatives along the way.  They have to find their way from place to place with clues, paper maps and no GPS.  When they reach the town where their relative lives, they have to complete challenges that award them with new clues to find and then spend the night with these relatives that they have never met.  The slowest couple on each episode receives a strike and if you get three strikes you are eliminated.  You can watch all of the 1st season online as well as the 1st episode of this season.

Happy Viewing!