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

Wednesday Nostalgia

Ever heard of handfasting? In times past (long times past) trial marriages were popular with the young couples all along the border regions of England and Scotland. That area was so unruly that very strict laws were made on those living on either side of the border about marrying without the consent of the English and Scottish officials. In 1587, some couples were even hanged because they had not obtained permission to marry. So the custom of handfasting, or trial marriage, was introduced. At the annual fair, the couple would join hands and be “married” until the next year’s fair. Or forever, if they chose.

Marriages were conducted in this way well into the 19th century when the requirements were relaxed. Today, Google handfasting, especially Images, and you’ll see it’s a popular thing to do today but not for the same reasons as for our ancestors.


Monday Mystery

Hugs and congrats to Bettie who knew that mystery heart-rock sculpture if to be found in Vancouver, WA. Thanks for reading.

Today’s mystery will have no answer. This is She Who Watches, or Tsagaglalal. She is a pictograph carved high on a basalt bluff off Hwy 14 on the north side of the Columbia. I was lucky enough to be on a group tour 20 years ago where we hiked up to it. Now the ONLY access is by reserved tour groups. Why? Stupid-people-vandalism.

The mystery I learned then is that Lewis & Clark sailed down the Columbia, right under She Who Watches’ watchful eyes but they apparently didn’t see it for no notice appears in their journals. Interesting.

Questions today for you: (1) Have you ever hiked up to see She Who Watches? (2) Know the difference between a pictograph and a petroglyph?