Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Meeting

You Took the  DNA Test…The “Now What” for Genealogists

On Saturday, September 9, from 1:00-3:00pm, the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society presents a special science based program. Join retired scientist, educator, internationally acclaimed lecturer and genealogist, Barbara Johnson, for a discussion on how to use DNA testing for ethnicity to improve your family history research, and make connections with your DNA matched contemporaries. Bring your questions about those “Huh!?” and surprise ethnicity discoveries and Barbara will help you find answers. This program is free to the public and will be held at the Burlington Senior Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington, WA. For more info. about SVGS and a schedule of upcoming monthly educational programs visit: or email:

Nancy Bonafede Named Region 1 North Representative

Nancy Bonafede

Nancy Bonafede of Sedro Woolley has been appointed the WSGS Representative for Region 1 North by President Virginia Majewski. Nancy has been a member of Skagit Valley Genealogical Society for more than 10 years. She has also been the volunteer coordinator for the library collection at the Burlington library.

Region 1 North includes Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan Counties and parts of Island and Snohomish Counties. There is still a vacancy for Region 1 South which includes parts of Island and Snohomish Counties. For more information about the responsibilities of the Regional Representative, click here.

Nancy will be featured in a future “Meet the Board” story. Welcome to the Board, Nancy!

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society O Canada Seminar

Greetings from the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society,
It is time to register for a different kind of genealogy seminar — an entire Heritage Weekend — that includes a Friday evening celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary with a keynote program by Canadian genealogy expert, Dave Obee, then on Saturday for the seminar, US genealogy expert Mary Kathyrn Kozy joins Mr. Obee for more Canadian/US immigration research, and the weekend is capped off on Sunday with a living history tour of Burlington by Burlington’s first school teacher!

This will be a special opportunity to meet our friends, cousins and family historian neighbors across the border and around Washington State.
We look forward to seeing you on the weekend of April 21-23 for a unique Canadian genealogy weekend!

Heritage Weekend & Genealogy Seminar:
Fri- Sun, April 21-23
presented by the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

Reception Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary
with Keynote Program by Canadian genealogy expert Dave Obee
(Optional & included free with Seminar Registration)
Friday, April 21, 7:00-9:00pm
Burlington Community Center
1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington, WA

O Canada! Genealogy Seminar
Sat., April 22, 8am – 4pm
1st United Methodist Church
1607 E. Division, Mount Vernon, WA

Historic Walking Tour of Burlington
led by a costumed living history interpreter
(Optional & included free with Seminar Registration)
Sun., April 23, 10am – Noon
Burlington Chamber of Commerce
520 E. Fairhaven Avenue,. Burlington, WA

Conveniently register online with PayPal via:
or print out and mail in with your check with the attached registration form.

Early registration discount ends April 10, 2017
O Canada 2017 registration and bios
See you for a fun and informative Canadian heritage weekend in the beautiful Skagit Valley at tulip time!

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting


Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting Program:
How Healthy is Your Family Tree?  Physical and Mental Health Issues of Our Ancestors

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) presents: How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Physical and Mental Health Issues of Our Ancestors, presented by Janice C. Lovelace, PhD. This program offers an in-depth look at building a health genogram starting with a traditional genealogical pedigree chart. Also covered in the program is a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics and inheritance of health issues. Several health issues are discussed in detail.  This educational program will be held on Saturday, March 11, 1:00-3:00pm, Burlington Senior/Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. Everyone is welcome. For details: or contact

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. recently retired from 30 years of full-time college teaching in social sciences and American Cultural Studies. She has over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and academic work in the area (Genealogy and Family History certificate at University of Washington, Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, ProGen 18). Her presentations include mental health and genealogy, genetics, ethnic minority research and courthouse research.

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Seminar O CANADA!


The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society invites you to join us for a special heritage weekend during the Tulip Festival.

Heritage Weekend & Genealogy Seminar – April 21-23, 2017

On-line registration on the SVGS website  ( ) is now open! Tuition payment by PayPal is also now available through SVGS’ website.

Or if you wish to mail a check: Print a copy of the brochure* with the registration form cut out the form, include a check, and mail it to:

SVGS, PO Box 722, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

*The brochure is designed for 8.5×14″ format but you can use 8.5×11″ paper but select “shrink to fit the page” before printing.


Join us for a fabulous Genealogy Weekend shared with our Canadian Cousins! Sign up early, space will be limited.

See you there!
SVGS Seminar Committee


Barbara Jeanne Gorham Johnson Awarded 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized almost 500 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2016 award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Barbara Jeanne Gorham Johnson

Today we’re introducing Barbara Jeanne Gorham Johnson of Sedro Woolley, Washington, who was nominated by the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS). She was recognized for the organizational skills she willingly exhibits and shares at the local society.

Ms. Johnson is an active member of the SVGS known for her teaching expertise, most recently in the emerging, complex field of genealogical DNA. She has shared her DNA interest at society programs and as a lecturer at other seminars. She has served as SVGS vice president and secretary, spending eight years on the board of directors. In addition, she has been an active member of the seminar planning committee for several years, including being chair of the successful 2015 event.

Ms. Johnson is a true example of what an outstanding volunteer is, and richly deserved being a recipient of a 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience

Skagit  Valley Genealogical Society
to present
“The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience”

BURLINGTON — The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s Saturday, January 14, 2017 meeting features the program: “The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience”. Guest speaker, professional genealogist, Linda Duffield, will discuss her research using the Pacific Lutheran University’s (PLU) archives and how to access this on-line information. SVGSmeets 1-3pm, Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., (Use the east entrance). For details:
PLU is home to a collection called the “Scandinavian Immigrant Experiences”.  The collection, stored in their Archives, is accessible for research in person or using an on-line database and includes oral interviews, taped conversations, and photographs.
This presentation will assist the audience in how to navigate the on-line access to documentation of the 282 immigrants interviewed by Pacific Lutheran University students. Come learn how this resource can help family historians discover more about their Pacific Northwest Scandinavian ancestors.

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s “O Canada! Heritage Weekend” for April 21-23, 2017.


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DATE:        November 21, 2017

RE:        O Canada! Heritage Weekend presented by SVGS

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Skagit Valley Genealogical Society presents
O Canada! Heritage Weekend and Genealogy Seminar

BURLINGTON, Washington, USA – In honor of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) is organizing a special Heritage Weekend, “O Canada!” for genealogists from both sides of the border. O Canada! Heritage Weekend begins with an anniversary celebration and opening reception on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00pm, Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington, WA, U.S.A.  Internationally respected historian, author, lecturer and genealogist, Dave Obee of Victoria, British Columbia will present: “Between Friends: Cousins Across the Border.”

On Saturday, April 22, 8am-4:30pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1607 E. Division St., Mount Vernon, WA, SVGS gets to the heart of the weekend – O’ Canada! Genealogy Seminar. The theme of the seminar is Canadian and U.S. immigration patterns and paths and the extensive challenges researchers face in tracing their ancestors across the border. Guest genealogy instructors are professional genealogist, Mary Kathryn Kozy, discussing U.S. immigration topics, such as naturalization records, and research strategies using time lines.  For the Canadian perspective, author/historian and genealogist, Dave Obee, will examine the Canadian immigration experience and historical influences affecting our ancestors.

Topping off this heritage weekend will be a guided living history tour of historic downtown Burlington. The tour begins Sunday, April 23, at 10am at the Burlington Visitors’ Information Center, 520 E. Fairhaven, Burlington. Local genealogist, and living history storyteller, Margie Wilson, in character as Burlington’s first school teacher, Clara Garl-Morrison, will conduct the history tour. Tour participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and be prepared to walk approximately one-half mile, on and off sidewalks, crossing streets and railroad tracks numerous times. Rain will move the tour inside the visitors’ center for a history summary of the tour.

For details, and registration for this heritage weekend activities and the genealogy seminar, visit the SVGS website: For a mail-in registration form contact: 360-424-4608 or

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Skagit Valley Genealogy Society Basic Genealogy Workshop

Basic Genealogy Workshop


The Burlington Public Library, has agreed to allow SVGS to use their facilities for a series of classes for people who want to learn how to get started in researching their personal family history.

Beginning this coming October, SVGS will present a workshop consisting of four 2-hr classes covering topics of  “How to begin?”,  “How to organize your materials?”,  “How to find information that has been hidden from you for years?” These workshops will not be just a series of lectures. Each presentation will be a hands on journey in researching your family history.  Emphasis will be on precise detective-like procedures to find the information needed to complete the puzzle of  “Who do you think you are?”  These classes will be held on a Saturday from 10 am to Noon on October 1, 8, 15 and 22.

If you are interested, simply click the PayPal link on the sidebar.  Or you can download and print a flyer describing the classes and a registration application. Complete the registration and mail it in with check or money order for the correct amount to the address listed below or you can drop it off just before class.

The cost is $50.00 for all 4 classes if registered by September 26th. Registration will be $60 after that date.  Walk-ins at the library are welcomed as long as seating is available. Individual lessons are  $15.00 for each class.

Workshop Flyer and Registration form

Attn: Class Registration
P.O. Box 722
Mount Vernon, WA  98273-0722

Don’t miss this opportunity to begin your “family history research” in earnest.  You will learn a lot and you will meet many people who can help you on your family discovery  journey.   Anyone from Skagit county and surrounding areas are invited to attend.  The seating spaces for the library is limited, so don’t wait to register.

In order to register early and be put on our early bird list, we are asking you to voluntarily complete the following form. This information will be directly emailed to our registration coordinator.  Your early place on the list will be confirmed as long as you make payment prior to September 26th.  You will also have to complete the printed application with payment or the PayPal selection in the sidebar. Thank you for your purchase.


First & Last Name (required)

Email Address (required)

Today’s Date?

Fee Type:
Before Sept 26: $50 for all 4 classes After Sept 26: $60 for all 4 classes Individual: $15 per class

Class Choice:
Note: If you chose Individual: $15 per class, you need to select which date you want to attend.

10-1-2016  Introduction and Forms

10-8-2016 Sources, Primary and Secondary

10-15-2016 Organization, DNA, Software

10-22-2016 Evidence and Evaluation