Heritage Quest Research Library Upcoming Seminars

Autumn Quest Seminar, Registrations
Get your registrations in early

Registration Fees Early Bird seminar fee (by July 1) is: $65 per person for HQRL members $75 Non  Members. Lunch is included. After July 1 HQRL Members $75 Non members $85. Lunch is included. Register at Door $95 Space and Lunch not guaranteed.  
Dee Fournier Presents:
Social Media: Facebook & Pinterest for Genealogy Tuesday, July 9, 2019
1:00 to 3:00 PM Social Media is one of the fastest growing resources for discovering your family history.  It allows you to connect with family, friends and colleagues online, as well as meet people with similar interests and hobbies.  This class will focus on Facebook, including how to protect your privacy, and Pinterest.
$20.00 members / $25.00 non-members
Janet O’Conor Camarata
Wednesday, July 24
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Making Sense of Supplemental Censuses
Besides the Federal Population Census, the U. S Government also collected non-population, special supplemental censuses: territorial data, agriculture, manufacturing, slave schedules, state, veterans, social statistics, and mortality (cause of death) schedules.  Learn how to build a personal guidebook for help in reading and understanding each census.  Learn what’s available and where to find them in Ancestry, FamilySearch and the National Archives.

$20.00 members / $25.00 non-members
If you have already registered for a class and are unable to attend, please give us a call so that we may remove your name from the list.

Heritage Quest Research Library

Janet Camarata
Wednesday, June 26th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Understanding DNA This is a GREAT class for beginners and for brushing up on your skills. After receiving your DNA results, the questions begin. Learn how to navigate the results, understand an ethnicity report, geographical background maps and identifying cousin matches with Ancestry, Family Tree DNA and 23and me.


Heritage Quest Research Library Autumn Quest

Early bird dates for Autumn Quest are fast approaching. Be sure to get your registration in before July 1, 2019 to Register for the Early Bird price of $65.00 Members, $75.00 Non-Members.  Lunch is included.
After July 1, $75.00 Members, $85.00 Non-members.  Lunch is included.

Register at the door price is $95.00.  Space and lunch are not guaranteed.

We look forward to seeing all of you on October 12, 2019 at the Emerald Queen Conference Center in Fife, Washington as we welcome speaker Dave Obee.

Heritage Quest Research Library Developing Roadmap to Success

The venerable Heritage Quest Research Library is undergoing a revitalization. Long known for packing more than 15,000 foreign and state books, family histories and special subject titles; microfiche; historic maps; computers; classes and a bookstore into a small space in Sumner, Washington, the Board of Trustees of the all-volunteer-run institution is looking to the future with fresh eyes. The library, begun in 1985 by Leland Meitzler with his personal collection, has changed and grown over the years. With today’s changing needs and resources, however, the Board of Trustees and Management Team felt it was time to develop a roadmap for the future.

HQRL Board Chair Laura Livingston, Director Jo-Anne Huber and Vice Chair Doug Sawyer

In June and July 2018, the Board administered a survey to its members asking a wide range of questions related to who uses the library, how information is conveyed, what services are used and the volunteer experience. An astonishing 30 percent of its members responded to the survey. Using the insightful information gleaned from the survey, as well as conversations with the Management Team, the Board began to work on a long-term strategic plan. Once the plan is drafted, it will be posted on the HQRL website for review and comment. A revised plan is scheduled for unveiling at the HQRL annual meeting in January.

One thing appears clear about the HQRL effort: the passion and dedication to make HQRL a  premier genealogy resource for its members, patrons and guests of the library is resolute. The Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Laura Livingston, has stepped up their role to include more management of day-to-day operations. Working closely with HQRL Director Jo-Anne Huber and the Management Team, the Board is excited about ensuring the future stability and visibility of the library.

The research library, located at 1007 Main Street in Sumner, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the HQRL, single memberships are $40 per year; $45 per year for a family.

HQRL Autumn Quest a Success

What a day: DNA all day.

Even expert genealogists Cyndi Ingle (left) and Mary Kathryn Kozy (right) can learn a thing or two from Angie (middle). 05 Oct 2018

Spending the day listening to someone with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology, a Master’s in Biotechnology and an alphabet soup of initials behind her name  may not be everyone’s cup of cappuccino, but if that someone is professional genealogist Angie Bush, run, don’t walk, to sign up. And that’s just what over 135 enthusiasts (double the number from last year) did at the recent Heritage Quest Research Library’s Autumn Quest to listen to Angie’s DNA presentations.

Held at the Emerald Queen Conference Center in Fife on Friday, 05 Oct 2018, Angie educated and entertained us on the science behind our DNA results, testing companies, “power tools,” and finding biological family histories for adoptees. She had just the right mix of technical information and storytelling.

Heritage Quest Research Library is undergoing some major revitalization efforts (more on that next week). Judging by the success of the 2018 Autumn Quest, they’ll have lots of support and enthusiasm.

Heritage Quest Research Library Classes

Wednesday, May 23
Lorrie Ann’s Honor  (Classroom)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Heritage Quest Research Library
An overwhelming feeling floods 5-year-old Lorrie in 1958, that her beloved Dad is not her Dad. Though her Mom denies her feelings, they linger for a lifetime. Parents die, and she makes peace knowing it is out of her hands. In 2016 while attending a genealogy conference, she strikes up a conversation with one attendee whose knowledge of DNA testing, creates hope in at least learning nationalities. The stranger turns out to be a pivotal part of Lorrie’s search.
Come hear how one person makes her way through DNA analysis to finding the truth about her father, with the help of a “stranger.”
Presented by:  Lorrie Scott
Fee:  $15
Saturday, May 26
Beginning Genealogy (free class)  (Classroom)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Heritage Quest Research Library
Join Judy in a FREE class and learn how to begin the search for your family history. Learn how to start, and what to look for.  What the basic forms are and how to fill them out. Bring your memories because you will actually start filling out your pedigree chart. Along the way you will learn the “guidelines” for filling out the basic genealogical forms.  No computers needed for what you learn in this class. Everyone is welcome and you may attend this class as many times as you like.
Presented by Judy Line – no fee, free class

Heritage Quest Research Library Autumn Quest

Autumn Quest 2018 date announced

Friday, October 5
Autumn Quest 2018 with Angie Bush, MS  (Seminar)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Emerald Queen Convention Center

Ancestry’s own Angie Bush, MS, Ancestry’s Senior ProGenealogist and NGS Region 1 Director, and the chair of its Genetic Genealogy committee. Her day job is as a Senior Genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. Angie has been interested in her genealogy since she was very young. After college, she spent several years working in biotech while continuing to pursue her genealogy hobby. With the growing popularity and introduction of autosomal DNA testing in 2012, she decided to combine her two loves into one career. Although she spends a lot of time working on recent unknown parentage cases (adoptions, unknown fathers, donor conceived), her favorite type of research to do involves solving decades old “brick-walls” using a combination traditional records and genetic evidence. She is a popular speaker and presenter, and enjoys attending conferences where she can connect with others who share her passion for genealogy. Angie is a Utah native and lives with her husband and two descendants in Sandy, Utah.

Heritage Quest Research Library Upcoming Classes

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Saturday, March 11th 1:00 – 3:00 FREEBeginning Family History Research” with Dee Haviland Fournier

Join Dee in this FREE class and learn how to begin the search for your family history. You will learn 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 the class as many times as you like.

Saturday, April 1st The ABC’s of DNA with Janet O’Conor Camarata. 1:00-3:00 $15.00

Due to popular demand, this class is being repeated. What is DNA? What types of DNA tests are used for genealogy? What are the strengths and weakness? How do I know which test to take? If you have asked yourself these questions, then this presentation is for you. This class is designed to answer questions using a non-technical genealogy-oriented approach.


Thursday, April 6th – Celebrate Tartan Day with Jo-Anne Huber as she talks to us about Scotland. 1:00 – 3:00 $15.00 More information will follow.

Thursday, April 13th – Two DNA Case Studies. 1:00 – 3:00 $15.00

  1. Going REALLY deep with Y-DNA Analysis: A Case Study with Dr. Laura Livingston. Now that you have your Y-DNA results and have figured out some family connections and ethnicity, how do you get to the deep understanding of the origins of your Y-DNA? Why do a BIG Y? What can you expect from the results of a BIG Y? Why should you spend the money for a BIG Y? What is the difference between Family Tree Y-DNA and Y-Full BIG Y results? What does it mean when you see family names that you have never heard of in the results? How do you research different clusters of families with different names?

Join us as we learn about Laura’s journey into the dizzying world of deep Y analysis and how she found out her family was a member of a unique cluster of families dating back thousands of years.


  1. Ricky Gerontis was adopted through a closed adoption. He did not have the original birth certificate, yet he was able to determine his biological parents. Join us and learn more about his story.


June 3rd, Saturday – Due to popular demand a repeat of our seminar. Understanding DNA Test Results & Connecting with Your Cousins with Janet O’Conor Camarata

9:00 – 3:00 $50.00 includes lunch

Registration is not open yet, but you may call and be placed on the waiting list.


Heritage Quest Used Book Sale


To all HQRL members and friends:

USED Book sale !!!
Hundreds of used books on sale at very low prices now thru Feb 20th (Presidents day).  All used books marked with red tags are half off the marked price.  We have Genealogy “how-to” books, books on states, books on countries, military books, and more.  We have lots of books for Washington and Virginia. Come in now for a great selection.
Valentines Day Tuesday, February 14th
Come in Valentines day for a free chocolate treat.  Also, you can register for a special Valentine’s day basket to be given as a door prize at 4 PM.  You do not have to be present to win.
Presidents day, Monday February 20th,
Open House Free day for non-members.  Use the library and research free on Presidents day.  Members and Non-members can register for a patriotic basket to be given as a door prize at 4 PM. You do not have to be present to win.
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