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.

What is a Melungeon and are you a descendant?

If you are like me, you may never have heard the term Melungeon before now.  According to Wikipedia, Melungeons are a people from the Cumberland Gap Area of East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. They are of mixed European, African and Native American ancestry.  At our next Meeting, June 13th at 1pm, Jim Johnson, President of the Heritage Quest Genealogical Library in Sumner, will be speaking on the topic of Melungeons.  The meeting will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library and is free to attend.  Join us in learning about these unique people.

~Pam Liebelt

Early New England Research Educational Opportunity

A unique education opportunity is coming to the Pacific Northwest.

The New England Historic and Genealogical Society is presenting a seminar in the Bellevue Area on June 10th.

Researching Early New England Ancestors

Spend the day with the New England Historic Genealogical Society and learn how to trace your early New England ancestors. Discover essential resources for the 17th-c. New England research, understand early settlement and migration patterns, learn how to research your patriot ancestors, and more. Registration includes lunch and an evening reception.

Saturday June 10, 2017, 9 am to 6:30 pm

Bellevue Club, 11200 SE Sixth St., Bellevue, WA

Cost: $125, includes lunch and reception

To register, call 617-226-1226 or visit

The date is coming up soon and they have a few spots left, don’t miss out!

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.