Category Archives: Genealogy

Germans From Russia

The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society along with the Burlington Public Library are hosting well known speaker, David Obee.  He will be giving the presentation: Germans From Russia: Placing Our Ancestors in Historical Context.  The presentation will be Saturday, January 12th from 1 – 3 pm at the Burlington Public Library at 820 E. Washington, Burlington, WA.

The NEHG Register

We have received the Winter 2018 issue of The NEHG Register: Journal of American Genealogy here at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library.  This issue covers the following surnames: Augur, Benyon, Clark, Hepburne, Higginson, Overton, Sutton, Wilkenson,  Barlow, Clifton, Coward, Cusman, Geoffrion, Hargrove, Huit, and McFall.  If you have ancestors with these surnames, this may be a resource for your research.  Our current magazines are in the lobby/sun room area in a hanging rack.


Swedish or Finnish Ancestry?

The following is shared from the Washington State Genealogical Society Blog.  If you don’t subscribe to their blog, you should.  They share information from societies all around the region.

*** Did you know there is a Swedish-Finn Historical Society here in Washington? It is an organization dedicated to finding and remembering the history of the Swedes and Finns who migrated to the Evergreen State…. about 80,000 of them. If you have this ethnicity, click to

September Meeting

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society  (SVGS) will meet Tuesday, September 12th at 1 pm.  Our guest speaker will be Rob Branigin, Sno-isle Librarian from the Stanwood Branch.  His topic is: Exploring Vital Records Online with Ancestry and Family Search. The meeting will be held at the SVGS library, 6111 – 188th PL. NE, Arlington WA, is free and open to members and the public. We hope to see you there!

Melungeon Meeting Follow Up

Interesting, informative and well attended is how I would describe last month’s meeting.  Jim Johnson from the Heritage Quest Research Library did a great job of teaching us about the unique Melungeon people.  If you were unable to attend, you missed out on a great resource.  As far as I know, I am not descended from these folks but I am still very glad I was able to attend and learn more about them.  Stay tuned for upcoming meeting notices and don’t miss out on future educational and informative topics that our society provides.

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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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.


Conference Dress Up Day: Dutch Farmer

Geertruida Sara Theresia de Zwaan was a city girl, born in The Hague in 1884. She married a farmer from Lisse, Johannes van Aalst. He from a long line of bulb growers in the Tulip Capital of Holland. Soon after marrying, they looked for new business opportunities, eventually settling in Kirkland Washington. Half-way around the world, they kept the family tradition of bulb farming, selling flowers to merchants and florists in downtown Seattle. … She was a sweet, quiet, kind woman, who made a wicked split pea soup. She’s in the picture, toward the right, with the two small boys. He’s next to her, with the handsome mustache. The baby on her lap is Rudolf, my father. The Dutch wooden shoes I’ll be wearing to “Dress Up Day” at the Conference won’t be the ones that belonged to Johannes, but they’ll be similar.

De Zwaan Family, The Hague, 1909

De Zwaan Family, The Hague, 1909

Northwest Genealogy Conference

The Road to a Genealogy Goldmine

Have you ever needed a break from vacation after a vacation? Two-time conference attendee and 2016 conference volunteer, Phil Bartlow was glad he seized the opportunity to go to the 2014 Northwest Genealogy Conference…

Returning home on Wednesday from a two week genealogy road-trip through Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, it felt good to be out of the car and off the airplane. The last thing I wanted to do was spend 3 days, sitting at a conference. But since my wife was going to a class reunion for the weekend, I got up Thursday morning and headed to Arlington for the 2014 Northwest Genealogy Conference, to see what I could learn. I’m really glad that I did.

The speakers were entertaining, knowledgeable, and very informative; the vendors had great tools and resources available; and the cost was a bargain. And it was all close to home.

I was also the lucky winner of one of the great door prizes that were given away. I received a free, year-long subscription to Researching their site lead to a goldmine of newspaper articles about my “missing” great-grandfather Frank and previously unknown family members. These articles helped corroborate the family story about Frank and now I know when, where and how he died. But that’s a whole other story.

The 2015 conference was just as good as 2014 and the 2016 conference looks to be as good or even better.

For the beginner genealogist to the expert, the place to be in August is the Northwest Genealogy Conference in Arlington, Washington.