New England Research

Our February Meeting will feature a presentation by Gary Zimmerman, President of the Fiske Genealogical Library in Seattle.  He will speaking on the vast resources for New England Research housed at the Fiske Library.  The meeting will be held February 14th at 1 pm in the Stillaguamish Room, 154 Cox Ave, Haller Park, Arlington, WA.  This presentation is free to members and the public.

Monthly Meetings


As a society, part of our mission statement is as follows:

To promote an interest in genealogy through education; to instruct members in genealogical research and preservation of their own family histories.

One of the ways we work to accomplish this mission is by inviting speakers to our monthly meetings that can help us in some aspect of our research.  This month’s speaker was our own Leilani Lucrisia, who shared the ABC’s of DNA. She taught us about the major DNA tests available and what information they offer as well as gave us other resources where we can learn more about DNA research.  Thank you Leilani for sharing your knowledge with us!  We had a wonderful turnout for this presentation and hope that we will for future presentations.

December’s meeting will be Tuesday the 13th at noon at the Stillaguamish Room at 154 Cox Ave, Haller Park, Arlington, WA, and will be our annual holiday potluck lunch at noon.  Plan to bring a hot dish, salad, side dish, or dessert and partake in the fellowship of genealogy minded folks.  We look forward to seeing you!

Stay tuned for upcoming meeting topics, some of our future speakers will include:

Representative from the Stanwood Library (subject TBD)

Jim Johnson from Heritage Quest: Mayflower Ancestors

Karin Coppernol: (Subject TBD)

Mary Roddy: Newspaper Research

More information will come on these meetings as it is available.

Happy Learning!



Education Opportunities for the Family Historian

The Sno-Isle Library system is providing free classes to encourage writers.  The classes are being held in many of the branches and include different areas of focus. Two that I think will be particularly helpful to the family historian are:

Family History: Writing the Story When they Left No Stories

Presented by Mary Roddy (one of our conference presenters)

It will be held at the Stanwood Library, Thursday October 6 from 1-2 pm

Contact the library for more information at: 360-629-3132


From Inspiration to Publication

What is a memoir? How do I write my memoir? How do I publish my memoir?

Presented by a panel of four published memoirists

This session will be held at the Arlington Library, Saturday, November 19 from 2 – 3:30 pm

Register online at , click classes and events link on the home page and click Arlington then move through the calendar to November and click on the class and complete the registration form.

or call: 360-435-3033


Another class of Interest:

The Evergreen State: Researching Your Washington State Ancestors

Presented by Mary Roddy

This class will be held at the Marysville Library, Saturday, October 22 from 10:30am – 12:00.

Register online at, click classes and events link on the home page and click Marysville then move through the calendar to October and click on the class to complete the registration form.

Or call: 360-658-5000


Have fun learning!


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

Granite Falls Historical Museum

The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Secretary and conference volunteer, Michele Cozad, tells us about one of the vendors that will be at the Northwest Genealogy Conference…

The “Midsummer Night Encounter” was held at this great local museum Saturday night July 16th. If you have ever been interested in local railroads and logging operations this “Little Museum that Could” is a must see! There was a great Washington Wine and cheese/fruit tasting event before the winners of the Silent Auction were announced. SVGS members Dee Saunders walked away with a movie gift box and Michele Cozad received a 2 night family get-away package to the Ocean. Look for the Granite Falls Historical Museum as a vendor at the Northwest Genealogy Conference, August 17th-20th. They will have their great “Snohomish County Map Overlay Program” running non-stop at their table. This software program (in the SVGS Library – Snohomish County #36) is a wonderful account of our county that begins around 1910 – homestead property lines, railroad spur lines, roads, water markers – lakes, creeks, etc – all displayed in an “overlay” format. It’s amazing – stop by their table and check it out!

Friday Conference Dress up Day!

Dress the way your ancestors may have on Friday August 19 during the Northwest Genealogy Conference. Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society Treasurer and Conference volunteer, Larry Taylor, explains what he’ll be wearing…

Dress up day! Okay Larry order your Kilt by your birthday. That was on my to do list. My birthday was 7/21. Opps did not happen. So on 7/24 I am ordering Kilts and having them shipped in 3 days. Kilts you ask? My DNA test (23 & Me) shows my line goes across the US to Virginia then onto Ireland and then to Scotland. I believe that defines me as a Scots-Irish. My Great Grandmother was a Ledgerwood and that is the same route as my Taylor line. I have other great grand parents that all come from Sweden, France, England and Germany. On Friday of the NW Genealogy Conference in Arlington, Washington (Aug 17-20) I will be dressed as a Scotsman. Come join me, let’s have some fun. Larry Taylor, proud to be a Scot!