Heritage Quest Research Library Autumn Quest

Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a Genealogy & Local History librarian in Plainfield, IL. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs. Finding and Using Illinois Resources There are several Illinois websites for finding your Land of Lincoln ancestors. From CARLI to IDA, Tina will show you how to find maps, newspapers, phone books, company magazines, yearbooks and more.  Illinois has it all! Learn how to dig into these online resources and get to know your Illinois ancestors. Thursday, September 15, 2022
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Please call us directly for in person attendance as space is limited. 
Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members
Sign-up and Payment:
Come into HQRL or call 253-863-1806
1007 Main Street
Sumner, WA 98390
go to hqrl.com and go to the HQRL Store
(Sign in as a member to get the discount) AUTUMN QUEST is BACK! October 29, 2022 Heritage Quest Research Library is proud to present our annual fall seminar.
Save the date and register soon.
Early Bird Registration until August 15, 2022
HQRL Members $30          Non-Members $40
August 16, 2022, to October 15, 2022
HQRL Members $50          Non-Members $50
Sessions begin at 9:00 AM

We are offering limited in-person availability.
Please contact HQRL if you need this accommodation as space is limited. Richard G. (Rick) Sayre, CG®, CGL℠, FUGA, is a professional researcher, educator, author, and lecturer who specializes in records in the Washington, DC area, Missouri, western Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He has developed, coordinated, and taught courses for university-affiliated programs in genealogy, and lectures regularly at national and regional genealogy conferences across the United States. Currently a resident of Utah, Rick was born and educated in Colorado before living throughout the world for thirty-one years of an Army career. Lecture topics:

NARA Website and More 
Researching records, genealogy research information, access individual records, ordering records, etc The relationship between NARA and Fold3 and others

Military Manuscript Collection
For our purposes, the unpublished documents of gov., organizational records, personal papers
 officials and private individuals Correspondence files, diaries

Cool Tools for the Cemetery 
Getting information off of headstones Locate cemeteries, graves, and map them Different websites

Homesteads Records – Online Tools and More
Find a wealth of information on individuals and their families
The transfer of property created records of heirs and associates
Explore how to use online tools to gather information Autumn Quest 2022 Registration

Early Bird – Through August 15, 2022
Regular– August 16 – October 15, 2022

Members                    Non-Members
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Regular – $50                 Regular – $50

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Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Donated Photos

YVGS received several years ago (2006) genealogical materials that include pictures, correspondence, deeds, etc from a house in Seattle that was going to be demolished.

Items received by YVGS include the following names, items, etc. If this is your family please contact me: ericksensue@gmail.com

A F Foltz, Seattle; Jack Lindsley; Burchett, Harry J, b.1889; Frank Lary, Wenatchee; Higgins family: Lewis Lee & Phoebe Davis Higgins; Deeds: John Ross, Wenatchee; John Kempfer; 1886 Phillip Miller Kittitas County; Northern Pacific Railroad 1901.

If unclaimed photos will be sent to Dead Fred.

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Legacy Family Tree SIG

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society

Legacy Family Tree SIG Meeting Aug 16th, 2022, 7:00 pm

This week we will continue reviewing a medium length video done by Geoff that is free and available from the Help tab in Legacy by clicking to the QuickTip Videos icon.  The direct link to the video is listed below its title:

Timelines and Chronologies – Secrets of Success

Please take some time this week to review the “FREE” videos available on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars site and bring your list of videos you would like to review back to the group next Tuesday.

We hope to see you this coming Tuesday, Aug 16th!

Our meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm until 8:30. Links to the reoccurring Zoom Meetings are located at the bottom of this page, one for the 1st Tuesday and one for the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

The first half of each meeting we will work thru training videos, watching, and then pausing to talk about the section we just watched before moving on to the next section.  The second half will be used for open discussion of topics related to using Legacy. This could include any questions or problems we are having with the program or tips and features we have discovered.  If you think of something you would like to bring up, please write it down so you can share it with the group.

1st Tuesday of Month Meeting Link:


3rd Tuesday of Month Meeting Link:


As always if a hyperlink is not active just copy and paste it into your browser.

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Book Club SIG

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Book Club Meeting

Saturday, August 20th 3:00 pm PDT Via Zoom

Please join us as we discuss a genealogical murder mystery.

Relatively Dead by Sheila Connolly is the first book in the Relatively Dead series featuring Abby Kimball.
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Relatively-Dead-Mysteries-Book/dp/B00CUEGU4E/
Worldcat link: https://www.worldcat.org/title/relatively-dead/oclc/1233229471

We will also discuss the direction in which we would like this group to go and choose future books. If we like this book, we may decide to continue with the next book in the series.

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Tri City Genealogical Society Planning for the Upcoming Year

TCGS Members:

The Tri-Cities Genealogical Society (TCGS) is trying to make plans for the upcoming year, and we need your input on some very important items.

Are you comfortable meeting in person or would you rather we continue our meetings through Zoom? 

If you have not joined us through Zoom because you are not confident using video conferencing, would you like help understanding how it works?

What kind of programs are you interested in? We not only have local speakers available but also the ability to bring in guest presenters from just about anywhere via Zoom to speak on any number of topics.  

There are also training sessions from Ancestry, Family Search, and My Heritage as well as Legacy Family Tree webinars.

We need to know what you want to know!

Upcoming programs for September will include a short overview of the Benton County Historical Society and Museum by Ryan Bennett and Southern Land Records by Veronica Anguiano.

We are excited to invite you to the open house for the newly renovated Richland Family History Center. More information on that will be coming soon.

Thank you,

Sandra M. Floberg

TCGS Librarian

International German Genealogy Partnership

2023 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCEFort Wayne, Indiana, USA“Crossroads and Connections: Find Your Family Story”Hotel reservations now open
Come join us in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for the 2023 International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) Conference to be held Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2023.Hotel reservations are OPEN! You may NOW reserve your hotel. There are four great nearby options to choose from. It is highly recommended that you make your reservations soon as that weekend in Fort Wayne is busy with other events and hotel rooms will be extremely limited.Go to the IGGP Hotel Reservation page to learn more and to make your reservation.The conference will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center on June 9 through June 11, 2023. Leadership Day and Librarians Day will be held Thursday, June 8 at the nearby Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.Many of you will want to come early or extend your stay to research at the second largest genealogy library in the US.Besuchen Sie uns in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, zur 2023 International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) Conference, die von Freitag, 9. Juni bis Sonntag, 11. Juni 2023 stattfindet.Hotelreservierungen sind ab SOFORT möglich! Sie können JETZT Ihr Hotel reservieren. Es gibt vier großartige Optionen in der Nähe zur Auswahl. Es wird dringend empfohlen, Reservierungen sofort vorzunehmen, da an dem Wochenende in Fort Wayne weitere Veranstaltungen stattfinden und die Hotelzimmer extrem begrenzt sind.Auf der IGGP Hotelreservierungsseite können Sie mehr erfahren und Ihre Reservierung vornehmen.Die Konferenz findet vom 9. bis 11. Juni 2023 im Grand Wayne Convention Center statt. Der “Leadership Day” und der “Librarians Day” finden am Donnerstag, den 8. Juni im nahe gelegenen Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center statt.Viele von Ihnen werden früher kommen oder Ihren Aufenthalt verlängern wollen, um in der zweitgrößten Genealogie-Bibliothek der USA zu recherchieren.
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Let’s Talk About: Websites for Social History

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Big thanks to the July/August 2022 issue of Family Tree Magazine for this information.

Why do we want to learn about social history? What has it to do with genealogy? It has everything to do with our family history! Genealogy is the facts. Social history gives the why-when-how of those facts.

When I learned that my great-grandmother took her 8-year-old daughter (my grandmother, Clara) upstream on the Mississippi River to visit family in St. Louis, I wanted to know more about the circumstances of that story. THAT’S social history. 

We’ve probably all used Google to find images of what life was like for our ancestors in any past time period or place. That’s well and good, but there are other website you might consider:

** Encyclopedia Britannica – yes! No more a groaning load of huge volumes on our living room shelves, but all online AND up to date!  (www.britannica.com)
** Food Timeline  (www.foodtimeline.org). What your ancestors ate, and how they fixed their food, tells you much about their daily lives.
**History Net (www.historynet.com). Search for U.S. history topics at this website from the California Gold Rush to D-Day.
**Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930… really long website address:library.harvard.edu/collections/immigration-united-states-1789-1930This Harvard Library resource allows you to search among thousands of digitized books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts and photos to learn more about voluntary immigration to America.
**Library of Congress Digital Collections (www.loc/gov/collections). This site includes Chronicling America (the only US newspaper resource) and more. 

At the bottom of the article was this banner bit:  “Read Shelley K. Bishop’s list of free social history website, categorized by subject at www.familytreemagazine.com/history/top-social-history-websitesThere is ALWAYS more to learn about the lives and times of our ancestors. 

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society’s Zoom Meeting Family Search How To


The Public is invited to join the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society’s Zoom meeting on August 11, 2022 for the program How To Utilize FamilySearch.org, presented by Marie Harlan Job. The meeting opens at 6:30 pm for welcome, instructions, and announcements followed at 7:00 pm by the program. For a Zoom link contact lcgsgen@yahoo.com

Marie Harlan was born in Kelso, WA, but has lived in Longview for the last 40 years. She started her own family search in 1977 alongside her father, Marion Harlan. She enjoys organizing family reunions and helping others with their family search.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Finding your Family in Newspapers


“Finding Your Family in Newspapers: Using Chronicling America for Genealogical Research”

Presented by the Library of Congress  on August 3, 2022 at 3:00pm PDT. 

Discover your family’s past through the newspapers of their present. Join Digital Conversion Specialist Henry Carter to learn how to search for ancestors in Chronicling America, a free digital collection of almost 20 million pages from American newspapers published between 1777 and 1963. The presentation will discuss the collection, the search interface, and how to navigate the challenges of working with historic newINspapers. Chronicling America is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

It is free to attend this event. Register HERE.

It will be available for viewing afterwards in the Library’s Event Videos collection.

Seattle Genealogical Society News


Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one member as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Volunteer for Summer Quarter 2022 is Karen Rathe. Congratulations to Karen Rathe, Editor of The Journal!

Karen, originally from Portland, Oregon, has been an SGS member for about six years. She volunteered as Vice President for a year. Then as The Journal Editor, she produced the last three issues.

Her professional background has been a huge benefit to SGS. Her talents in creating compelling publications come from her experience teaching journalism for about a decade at The University of Washington and 14 years as copy editor and designer at The Seattle Times. Currently, Karen works part-time for the Puget Sound Business Journal and does occasional stints with Crosscut.com and others.

Karen has enjoyed her involvement with SGS by attending seminars and workshops, where she always comes away with new and helpful information. Also, volunteering for SGS has given her wonderful opportunities to get to know new people and to pick up on genealogy tips. For over half her life, she has been fascinated with uncovering the details of her maternal grandmother’s early life in southwestern Ohio. “My grandmother refused to talk much, so I had to go dig it out much later. Under every rock I overturn, I find a whole new tunnel of mysteries,” she shared.

When Karen isn’t working or sleuthing clues to genealogical mysteries she likes to hike, bicycle, travel and sew. This past year she traveled to Chicago, California and the Canadian Maritimes. Next year’s adventure plans are currently in the works!


Dear SGS Library Patrons, 

It has been a challenge for the library to schedule volunteers to consistenly cover the front desk from Monday through Saturday each week. Consequently beginning August 1, 2022, the SGS library will only be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the SGS library, we would love your help. Please let us know at desk@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org. We would love your involvement.


Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. The next meeting is Monday, Sept 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be “A Multiracial Jewish Family in Early America” with Laura Arnold Leibman. 



Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

New Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,  Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm  PDT** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers this summer.  

Masks are recommended  inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting. 

NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room.  The host must take action to let people into each meeting.  The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 

Wednesday, Aug 3 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, Aug 9 2022, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Saturday, Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. Topic this month is “Solving Family Myths Using the Principles of Logic”. 

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

For Members –  to renew online log in at Members Home, go to your Member Profile, and then click the green “Renew Membership” button.   If you’d rather renew by postal mail, click print a membership application and send it together with your dues payment to SGS. Or better yet, stop by the SGS Library and renew in person!
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Find out more about membership at Join SGS.

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