Eastside Genealogical Society September Workshop

Maureen Taylor, the nationally known “Photo Detective”,

is coming to Bellevue on September 15, 2018.

 

 “Finding Family History in Your Picture Mysteries”

 

Her Three Presentations:

 

  • 10 Easy Steps to Identify & Date Those Pictures in the Shoeboxes
  • Google Images and Beyond
  • Genealogical Clues in Family Photos

 

This event will be held on September 15, 2018 at the Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Road SE, Bellevue, WA  98008.  Doors open at 9 am with presentations from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

 

Private consultations with her are available afterwards at an additional cost.

 

This event is part of the Eastside Genealogical Society’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Thus, EGS members, who register before September 1st, will have free admission.

 

Boxed lunches are available for $15, if ordered by September 1st.

 

Non-EGS Members and everyone after September 1st will be charged $25 admission.

 

For more details about the presentations and lunch, see our website (Also, there are links to the digital files for the Color Poster and the Registration Flyer.) Of course, you can register for the event using our website.

 

Come and bring your friends for a fun day!

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

August 16, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here. The current Insider newsletter awaits you HERE.

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Fall Seminar 2018 v2

You’ve probably heard of Cyndi Ingle and her invaluable website, Cyndi’s List.

Now come hear from the guru behind one of the most comprehensive reference lists there is online! GFO is proud to bring Cyndi Ingle in for our Fall Seminar November 3rd and 4th.

Topics include: Ten Resources I Use Every Day, Advanced Googling for Grandma, Unappreciated Treasures, Digital Research Plans, Google Maps & Google Earth and Online Resources for the Western U.S.

Register HERE now!

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Don’t Miss GFO’s Genealogy Problem Solvers & GenTalk This Saturday Afternoon

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Genealogy Problem Solvers: GFO’s Multipurpose Room, Saturday, August 18th, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

James Harvey Knapp was an educator who founded the Knapp School in Pettis County, Missouri, but who were his parents?

James’s census records say he was born in New York and family theory states he was abandoned, or perhaps became an orphan and was raised by a relative. So far, the records show that James was born in New York in 1826, married in Michigan in 1848, and buried in Missouri in 1883.

Join the Genealogy Problems Solvers on Saturday, August 19th, at 9:30 a.m. in GFO’s Multipurpose Room and learn the team’s skills at navigating multiple state records as they try to track down the elusive Knapp parents.

GenTalk: GFO’s Multipurpose Room, Saturday, August 18th, 2 – 3 p.m.

Presenter: Leslie Brinkley Lawson

As genealogists, we love end-of-life records: death certificates, probate/estate paperwork, cemetery records, obituaries, etc. But in our personal lives, maybe we’re not so enthusiastic. Learn how to plan for the inevitable, for the sake of your genealogy research and for your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be difficult, let Leslie show you how.

Leslie Brinkley Lawson is a full-time professional genealogist, specializing in forensic genealogy (missing / unknown heirs, and probate research). She is credentialed by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), and is a past president (2010-2015). She is the president of the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and is a member of the GFO.

These monthly events are free and open to the public.

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Going to FGS Conference in Fort Wayne? Please Help Spread GFO’s Message

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We’d like to know if any of you are going to the big 2018 conference held by the Federation of Genealogical Societies August 22-25 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

If you are, would you help share the GFOs new advertising card pictured above? This colorful new card offers visitors a discount to access GFO’s library. It also helps spread the word about our vast resources as the largest genealogy library in the Pacific Northwest.

If you are planning to attend the FGS meeting next week and would be willing to take some cards to the conference, please email us at president@gfo.org.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of GFO!

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Genealogy in the news: Saving the World One Library at a Time

Councilman Wants To Eliminate All Funding For The Allen County Public Library

Proposed budget cuts would defund “the largest genealogy collection of any publicly-owned genealogy in the U.S.” Thousands of genealogists travel to this world famous genealogy collection every year, so this would affect local tourism earnings as well. Dick Eastman’s genealogy blog wrote about it HERE. You can see a response from the library director HERE. The $3.9 million budget cut plan comes from the same politician who believes that Amazon should replace public libraries.

Hamilton tickets to help rebuild Loiza, Puerto Rico library.

A small library outside Boston wanted to help a library in Loiza, Puerto Rico, which suffered substantial damage during Hurricane Maria last September.

It hoped to land a pair of tickets to the musical Hamilton to promote their raffle and reached out to Hamilton’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

They got their tickets and a whole lot more: a pledge to match donations up to $20,000. Read the full article HERE and find out how you can join this tremendous effort to help raise funds to repair Loiza’s library.

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SATURDAY, August 18th

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This month the GPS team tries to track down the founder of the Knapp School in Pettis County, Missouri. Records have not yet revealed the parents of James Harvey Knapp. He was born in New York in 1826, married in Michigan in 1848, and buried in Missouri in 1883. Learn about the team’s skills at navigating multiple state records.
GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.

GenTalk: Getting Ready to Check Out 2 – 3 p.m.

Don’t let your family history disappear. As genealogists, we love end-of-life records: death certificates, probate/estate paperwork, cemetery records, obituaries, etc. But in our personal lives, maybe we’re not so enthusiastic. Learn how to plan for the inevitable, for the sake of your genealogy research and for your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be difficult, let Leslie Brinkley Lawson show you how.

SUNDAY, August 19th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

Family Tree Users’ Group 1 – 3 p.m.

Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker. Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed and an empty USB thumb drive. Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. FTM@gfo.org

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – AMERICAN ANCESTORS.ORG 

Ancestry, fold3, and Newspapers.com are not the only research database websites available for use on the computers in our SGS Library.

Founded in 1845, the NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society) is a leading resource for family history research, with expertise ranging from 17th-century colonial New England through 20th-century immigration research. Their website, AmericanAncestors.org, is a online repository for more than 1 billion searchable names from America and beyond. SGS subscribes to AmericanAncestors.org and it is available for your use on the patron computers in the SGS Library. Come in to see what you can find.

Hours at the SGS Library are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00pm.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS LAUNCHES SGS TV!
Are you unfamiliar with all the Seattle Genealogical Society Library has to offer? Are you planning your first trip to our library, and want to know what to expect?Take a look at our YouTube video postings. In this new initiative, Sue Jensen, Director of the SGS Library, gives you a quick tour, pointing out the features of our library holdings. In another short video, Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers, outlines some of the many ways to become engaged with the Society. Stay tuned for future videos which will highlight our unique holdings and how to use them.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa9HwzVg-5JKX_rEhjcUJdw , or go to YouTube (free, no registration necessary) and search for Seattle Genealogical Society..

RARE BOOK FIND!“Panthermen” I Salute You, written by Major General H.F. Kramer is a rare find that was donated to our Library this summer. It is a compilation of the “40,000 Black Panthers of the 66th Infantry Division” of the US Army during World War II. It includes a brief history of the Panther Veteran’s Association with photos and then a long list of infantrymen that were part of the historic missions against Hitler during the war with Germany. As far as we know, the only other available copy is at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. This book has found a home in our rare book cabinet and is available for your inspection. Stop by and ask to see it.”Panthermen” I Salute You – by Major General H. F. Kramer

COMING BACK IN SEPTEMBER

Our popular Second Saturday Series will resume in September with the presentation “Beyond the Pie Chart: Making the Most of Autosomal DNA” by Karin Borgerson. Join us on Saturday, September 8th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the SGS Library. While DNA testing companies emphasize bioregional (ethnicity) estimates in their marketing campaigns, but there is so much more to autosomal DNA than the pie chart! This talk will briefly address the benefits and limitations of bioregional estimates, but most of the presentation will focus on the more valuable part of the results—the DNA matches.

Also on the schedule that Saturday, from 10:15 am-12:15 pm, is (FTM) the Family Tree Makers User Group. They will meet in this second Saturday time slot every other month – Sept 2018, Nov 2018, Jan 2019, Mar 2019 – the odd months. Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey are leading this group.

 

PHOTO DETECTIVE

 

Maureen Taylor, the nationally known “Photo Detective”, is coming to Bellevue on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Her three presentations will help you date old photographs and possibly identify the people in them. The cost is only $25 and registration before September 1st is highly recommended.

Following the presentations, and for an additional cost, private consultations with Maureen are available.

This Eastside Genealogical Society event will be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Road SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. Free parking and doors open at 9 am with presentations from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Additional info at :
https://eastsidegenealogicalsociety.com/save-the-date/
SAVE THE DATE

2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA
August 15 – 18, 2018  

Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy Lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.

Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional  “Dress As Your Ancestor”  day to honor your heritage.

As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).   .

For more details and to register, visit their website:
https://stillygen.org/cpage.php?pt=50
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the “land conference”
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have you heard of Unlock the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all  – whether on the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard will be the presenters.

If you are interested, see their website :
https://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/

“A Day of Discovery with Lisa Louise Cooke”,
Puget Sound Genealogical Society,
4131 Pine Rd NE (at the Bremerton Elks),
Bremerton, WA
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30am – 3:30pm

Cost is $50 for PSGS members / $55 for non-members. Lunch is included and will be catered by the Bremerton Elks. For  more information and the registration form see www.pusogensoc.org/psgs/seminar2018

​”Harvest Your Family Tree”,
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Conference 2018,
Kelowna, BC

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30

 

There will be plenty to see and learn at one of Western Canada’s largest genealogy conferences – eleven speakers on 31 topics. Featuring Louis Kessler, programmer,
genealogist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) will be speaking about Double Match Triangulation, the program he developed for autosomal DNA analysis. His program won third place at the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown.

For more on this conference, visit their website :

https://kdgswix.wixsite.com/kdgs

 

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The SGS Library will closed September 2-4 for Labor Day.

AUGUST

Sunday, August 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, “Digging Deeper Workshop: The Genealogical Proof Standard” with Jill Morelli, This intensive session will look at all five elements of the GPS, dissecting each one individually and then collectively to gain a better understanding of its application and benefit. Foundational vocabulary will be covered. This is an interactive workshop so bring a research question of your own to work on.  As this is a beta test workshop, we will stop in the middle of the session and have a debrief of the effectiveness of the exercises.

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 8, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, (FTM) Family Tree Users Group, Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey co-leaders, this group will begin meeting on the 2nd Saturday of every odd month (Sept 2018, Nov 2018, Jan 2019, Mar 2019, May 2019). Family Tree Maker is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, September 8, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Beyond the Pie Chart: Making the Most of Autosomal DNA, presenter Karin Borgerson

Sunday, September  9, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson

Saturday, September 15, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, September 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth

Monday, September 24, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm,  SGS Volunteer Recognition Day, the Board of Directors will host a Volunteer Appreciation Day for all 2017-2018 volunteers. Refreshment and a raffle. Stop by for an hour, or stay for the whole day! No need to RSVP.

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information
contact SGSDNASIG@gmail

SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Jefferson County Genealogical Society News

August 2018 finds a number of JCGS volunteers gearing up for several educational events that will occur in the Fall. We are offering a Beginners Class starting the 1st of October. However, the  registration deadline is in September. Speaking of September, September’s monthly program on Saturday, the 15th  for members and the public will be “Bagging a Live One: Reverse Genealogy in Action” given by Mary Roddy. In November, a large and exciting event will be presenting CeCe Moore, Genetic Genealogist, in a full day of lectures at a spacious venue in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. (A limited number of  tickets are still available.) See our website <www.wajcgs.org> for all the latest information.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

August 9, 2018

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here. The current Insider newsletter awaits you HERE.

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Did You See Us On TV? KATU News Profiles GFO

Did you catch the great story about the GFO on Portland’s Channel 2 on Monday? They did a great job showing what we do and gave us more than three minutes of air time!

KATU picked a good day to visit us. They had lots of action for their camera last Wednesday during our volunteer book relabeling blitz.

The news team of Special Projects Producer Stuart Tomlinson and Photojournalist Bob Foster interviewed GFO President Vince Patton, Library Chair Laurel Smith and Education Chair Kristin Parks. If you missed it on the air you can watch it here online.

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Those GPS Gumshoes are at it again! – Saturday, August 18th, 9:30 a.m.

James Harvey Knapp was an educator who founded the Knapp School in Pettis County, Missouri, but his parents remain unknown.

James’s census records say he was born in New York and family theory states he was abandoned, or perhaps became an orphan and was raised by a relative. So far, the records show that James was born in New York in 1826, married in Michigan in 1848, and buried in Missouri in 1883.

Join the Genealogy Problems Solvers on Saturday, August 19th, at 9:30 a.m. in GFO’s Multipurpose Room and learn the team’s skills at navigating multiple state records as they try to track down the elusive Knapp parents.

This event is free and open to the public.

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August GenTalk Addresses End Of Life Planning at GFO

As genealogists, we love end-of-life records: death certificates, probate/estate paperwork, cemetery records, obituaries, etc. But in our own lives, have we truly prepared for when we’re the ones who are leaving?

Full-time professional genealogist Leslie Brinkley Lawson tackles this important topic at this month’s GFO GenTalk.

Learn how to plan for the inevitable, for the sake of your genealogy research and for your loved ones. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t have to be difficult, let Leslie show you how.

Saturday, August 18 at 2pm at the GFO library.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Ever wish the online history of your cultural heritage could be preserved before we all have to be dug up by an archaeologist thousands of years from now?

Well, the Welsh Government have recently made steps toward such assurances.

“The decision by the Welsh Government to archive the dual-language websites and Twitter accounts will digitally preserve the Internet heritage of the Welsh nation.”

Read the full article HERE and be inspired!

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What’s hot in local genealogy??

New GFO Website Design Surprise

South King County Genealogy Society – Fall Seminar 2018

Speaker: John Philip Colletta, PhD
When: Saturday, September 22nd, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Salish Hall at Green River College, 12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn, WA 98092
Topics: Archives and the Immigrant Experience
Register: http://skcgs.org/2018-seminar.html

LCGS September General Meeting – “Salem Witches”

Speaker: Jerri McCoy
When: Thursday, September 13th, 7 p.m.
Location: Somerset Retirement Apartments, 2025 Tibbets Drive, Longview, WA 98632 (in the dining room)

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SUNDAY, August 12th

Library Work Party 9 a.m. – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

TUESDAY, August 14th

GFO Board Meeting 6:10 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.

Come see what makes GFO so great at our monthly Board Meetings. These meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. All are welcome.

WEDNESDAY, August 15th

Irish Interest Group 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Focus: This month Barb Schrag will present “Using the Irish Censuses.” Members of the GFO as well as their guests and any interested members of the public are welcomed to attend the Irish Genealogy SIG. One hour of each two-hour meeting will be spent on presentations about Irish history, genealogy, and resources while the second hour will focus on Irish Brick Wall questions.

The Irish group meets on the third Wednesday of the even months February,April, June, August, and October (there will be no meeting in December). Contact Irish@gfo.org for more information.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, Sept 7, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.       

Topic: Find Your Germanic Ancestor’s Village on Maps

You have the name of the village for your Germanic ancestor from any of many sources, like genealogical records, family stories, etc.  Now how do you locate that village on a map?  It could be a challenge.  So come learn some tips.

Presenter: Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and is active in 2 local genealogical societies, leader of the EGS German Interest Group and a member of 3 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.

For more information, kindly visit our website .  

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society & Burlington Library On Google for Genealogists

I’d like to let you know about an upcoming educational program we are offering on September 8, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in partnership with Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. The topic of the program is “Google Tools for Genealogists” and will be presented by George Ridgeway. This event is free and open to the public. I’ve attached a flyer with more information. Please feel free to forward or post on any wall you wish! We appreciate your help in getting the word out, because we would like as many people as possible to benefit from our programs.

 

Please contact me with any questions or feedback. Thank you for helping us spread the word about these free and valuable community resources.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Kathleen Headden, Reference Librarian

Burlington Public Library

820 E. Washington Ave.

Burlington, WA 98233

360-755-0760, ext. 7906

Washington State Genealogical Society at the NW Genealogy Conference

Come See WSGS at the NW Genealogy Conference

The Washington State Genealogical Society is delighted to partner with the Northwest Regional Genealogy Conference and have the opportunity to share thoughts on society management. Virginia Majewski, WSGS president, and Donna Potter Phillips, WSGS vice-president, will each offer a free session aligned with the theme of society management.  The sessions will be offered during lunch breaks on Thursday & Friday, so grab your lunch and come on in.

Donna’s presentation will discuss “How To Lasso A Good Speaker.” Every genealogy society struggles to find programs, presentations and good speakers. Donna will present some criteria on how to “lasso” or find a good speaker.

Ginny’s presentation will discuss “So You’ve Been Elected”; hints, helps and resources for society officers.  Officers, do you ever wonder what have I gotten myself into?  Ginny will present thoughts on what you need to know, what you ought to consider and resources to help.
Don’t forget to stop by the WSGS table at the NW Genealogy Conference and learn how you can win a free DNA kit!

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

Early Stillaguamish Valley Schools

by Sue Walde, Helen Eliason and Joanne Wetmore
The story of the humble beginnings of Arlington’s rural schools in 1882 to the advent of the modern era. Despite the struggles to survive in an unforgiving wilderness, early settlers sacrificed to build the first schools and fulfill dreams of a better education for their children. Discover the mysteries of Arlington’s 44 rural schools, woven with local history and old-time stories. Enjoy numerous maps and over 150 photographs with many pictures of school children. View a 40+-page, easy-to-use index, cross-referenced with over 5,000 names. Perhaps you will find your ancestors in this unique book about Arlington’s early rural schools. Cost $30.00 Now available on the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, www.stillygen.org/store and at the upcoming N.W. Genealogy Conference in Arlington.