Social Media and the Genealogist


Social media isn’t just for keeping up with you friends anymore; there are more and more groups on Facebook that are specifically for genealogy.  Many families have started surname research groups to keep up with cousins and share information. I personally have found several groups helpful including: the Genealogy Do-Over (a group for those who want to go back into their past research and start over, making sure everything is thoroughly analyzed, evaluated and cited); The Organized Genealogist (organizing everything from files to offices);  Gendocs Templates (forms for research freely shared); Technology for Genealogy(discussions cover all types of technology related to genealogy); Genealogy – Cite Your Sources(for those who want help in properly citing sources);  and Find a Grave Genealogy (for those who use and participate on the find a grave website).  These are just a few of the many Facebook Groups that are specifically for genealogists.  The groups are topic specific and you can ask questions and get help from other researchers.  Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of Evidence Explained, often answers questions on the Genealogy – Cite Your Sources group page.  I find that the groups provide fresh incentive and ideas to my research.  For those of you who have a Facebook profile, you might want to check into some of the genealogy groups available and for those of you who thought Facebook wasn’t for you, you might give it a try and see if you don’t find some useful gems on there.


Northwest Genealogy Conference 2017

Much work is happening to make sure we have a great conference again this year.  We have four great keynote speakers confirmed and are working to get the rest of the speakers and topics firmed up.  It is looking to be a remarkable conference!  Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Pricing – the deadline is coming up quickly, February 15th is the last day to receive the discounted registration fee.  For the latest information on the conference, be sure to check our webpage at or the Northwest Genealogy Conference Facebook page.

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