Heritage Quest Research Library News

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019
Join us as we welcome our member, Sue Foster, as a new instructor. Sue will speak on 2 subjects.
1)Meyer’s Orts- und Verkehrs- Lexicon includes all place names as they were designated during the time of the German Empire (1871-1918). She will discuss the online version, importance in locating the place where the vital records were recorded and the locations of the microfilmed/digitized records of the Family History Library based on this Gazetteer. She will also discuss
2) a free German web site, which translates to English, and its 2 divided sections: a) information (history, archives, links to regional family history groups and repositories and b) family trees submitted by researchers. $20.00 members / $25.00 non-members
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019
Janet Camarata is back with this months regularly scheduled class. The town, county, and regional histories are important sources for genealogists for 18th and 19th-century research. Discover settlement patterns of a given area, origins of the early settlers, geography, religion, economics, education, the social conditions and major events of the times, and if lucky, a biographical sketch of your ancestor. Learn what’s been written, where to find them and how to assess their value. $20.00 members / $25.00 non-members
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Heritage Quest Research Library Classes

Thursday, August 15th, 1-3 p.m.

Meyer’s Orts- und Verkehrs- Lexicon

Join us as we welcome our member, Sue Foster, as a new instructor.
Sue will speak on 2 subjects:
1) Meyer’s Orts- und Verkehrs- Lexicon includes all place names as they were designated during the time of the German Empire (1871-1918). She will discuss the online version, importance in locating the place where vital records were recorded and the locations of the microfilmed/digitized records of the Family History Library based on this Gazeteer.  She will also discuss
2) a FREE German website, which translates to English, and its 2 divided sections: a] information, history, links to regional family history groups and repositories, and b] family trees submitted by researchers.

$20.00 members / $25.00 non-members


 
Wednesday, August 28th, 1-3p.m. 
  Janet Camarata’s topic for this month is:   Discover County Histories and the Family Stories They Tell

The town, county, and regional histories are important sources for genealogists for 18th and 19th-century research. Discover settlement patterns of a given area, origins of the early settlers, geography, religion, economics, education, the social conditions and major events of the times, and if lucky, a biographical sketch of your ancestor. Learn what’s been written, where to find them and how to assess their value.
$20.00 members / $25.00 non-members
  All of our classes are held in the Library classroom. To reserve a spot for either class, please call: 253-863-1806 or stop by HQRL and we will add you to the list of attendees.  If you find you cannot attend the reserved spot, please let us know so that we can make room for others.
 

Heritage Quest Research Library Class

                         WEDNESDAY, JULY 24th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    Join us for our regularly scheduled Class with Janet Camarata.
                            Making Sense of the 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 (causes 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

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
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CLASSES ARE HELD IN THE LIBRARY UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE. 
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.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED CLASS.   $20.00 members / $25.00 non-members

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
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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