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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for the Nw Genealogy Conference, August 16 – 19th
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.
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 www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy. She has also recently been asked to be part of the GenealogyDotCoach consulting team.
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
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.
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 www.byutv.org 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.
If you are like me and didn’t get to attend the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake city, you are still in luck! Rootstech live streamed some of their keynotes and classes and now have released them in video form. All you have to do is go to the Rootstech webpage and click on the drop down menu, there you will see links for the different days sessions. I was able to watch a few of the lessons when they live streamed and over the past couple of days I have watched a few on video. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rootstech, it is a conference of all things genealogy with an emphasis on technology. Today I took in CeCe Moore’s General Session talk given on the Saturday of Rootstech – of course it was on DNA research. She talked about how far the science has come and how it helps in connecting to family and breaking through genealogy brick walls. Some other classes that I took in were: Journaling Principles that Work; Don’t Just be a Searcher, Be a Researcher; and Family History is Anything But Boring. These are just a few of the titles available and beyond that they have an archive of the 2016 Rootstech videos as well. I love taking advantage of these free educational opportunities and from the comfort and convenience of home.