Heritage Quest Research Library Autumn Quest


October is Family History Month and HQRL is celebrating in a     big way with 3 days of Autumn Quest and 3 NEW classes.

As a courtesy to  our patrons and instructors, please refrain from wearing perfume or heavy cologne in the classroom.


Autumn Quest

If you are unable to attend Saturday’s Seminar, 

you may still register for the Friday and Saturday classes.


Please note the change of instructor at this class and HQRL hours. 

Friday, October 7th, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $15.00

“Resources to Tap into Washington State from the Comfort of Your Home,” with Janet O’Conor  Camarata at HQRL

Washington State is digitized! Come and learn about the many resources available. This will cover more than Washington state ancestors. HQRL is open 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. It will remain open for Seminar attendees. 4 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 8th, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ($60.00 includes lunch), “Enriching Research through Library Sources,” with Curt B. Wicher, (held at the Emerald Queen Ballroom & Conference Center). No walk-ins.


Please note the change of HQRL hours.

Sunday, October 9th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. $15.00

“Hidden Treasures at HQRL,” with Dee Haviland Fournier at HQRL

A gold-mine tour explore the books, microforms, compact disk, and other non-database resources available at HQRL.  HQRL will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for Seminar attendees.


Back to our classes at HQRL. . . . . . . . . . . . .


Thursday, October 20st, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $15.00

“The Palatines. Who are they? And why should you care! with Jim Johnson

Jim will answer the burning question –What is a Palatine? He will explore where they came from, where they settled and how you can find lists of Palatine names and information about these German and/or Irish ancestors. Yes, he said, “IRISH.” He will also discuss resources you can use to make your Palatine connection. Join Jim for this informative class.

An additional class:

Tuesday, October 25th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. $15.00
Voices From the Past: Researching Old Letters and Diaries with Janet O’Conor Camarata  

Old letters, diaries, journals and other handwritten items are primary sources of genealogical information and an can offer an intimate look into the hearts and minds of our ancestors. They offer valuable, exciting and sometimes challenging opportunities for discovering missing pieces to the family puzzle, giving valuable clues of where to look next. Learn tips on what to look for, what questions to ask, tools for transcribing, how to archive and organize the gems we have hidden in our family papers.


Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm $15.00

“How to find your Revolutionary War Ancestor in 90 Minutes” with Ann Crawford. 

Ann is currently serving as DAR Registrar for the Mary Bell Chapter in Tacoma. She will talk about the Revolutionary War, Patriots and Posers. More information to follow.



Saturday, November 5th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $15.00 (The HQRL library will open at 9:00 a .m. for this event.)

Steven Morrison will present this special event.

The Quakers are coming! The Quakers are coming!

Join us as we learn about the Quakers in this two topic event. There will be a short break between classes.

Simply Amazing – US Quaker Records on Ancestry .com

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) was one of the largest religions in colonial America. Finding a Quaker ancestor may open multiple brick walls. Learn the basics of Quaker church records and discover how rich these records are for your genealogical research.


Irish Friends Migration to Pennsylvania – Uncovering an Ulster Family Story

        Did you know that the Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) were one of three major religions in America prior to the revolution? While small in numbers, the travels of the Irish Friends are so well documented they provide a migration template for English-speaking nonconformists.



Thursday, November 17th1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  FREE “Beginning Family History Research,” with Dee Haviland Fournier

Join Dee in a FREE class and learn about Heritage Quest Research Library (HQRL). This class will help you in the search for your ancestors, by learning how to find and use birth, marriage, and death records, along with a discussion on how to use census records to further your research and some genealogy hints. Everyone is welcome and you may attend as many times as you like.


No classes during the month of December.


*3 ways to sign-up:*

1. In person at HQRL, 1007 S. Main St., Sumner, WA. The sign-up notebook is at the Front Desk.

2. E-mail *HQRLinfo@gmail.com <HQRLinfo@gmail.com>* – provide name, telephone number and your HQRL membership number, if you are a member.

3. Telephone HQRL at 253-863-1806 between 10:00 am – 4 pm, Monday through Saturday. Provide your name, telephone number and HQRL membership number, if           you are a member.