Skagit Valley Genealogical Society October Meeting

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society presents:
An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
by professional genealogist Lily Bogash Kohn

BURLINGTON – Join the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society in exploring how to research your Jewish ancestors on Sat., October 12 from 1-3 pm at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. The featured guest speaker is professional genealogist Lily Bogash Kohn who will present, “An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.” Ms Kohn will discuss how to get started in researching your Jewish ancestry, explore helpful US and international research resources and websites, consider historical context in your research, and offer other helpful resources specific to Jewish genealogy. Ms. Kohn’s presentation will also include her own personal journey of discovering her Jewish ancestors in Europe through visiting cemeteries and ancestral sites. These educational programs are presented in partnership with the Burlington Public Library. The public is welcome and admission is free. For further details call (360) 757-6224 or (360) 755-0760 or visit or

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Research Help

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society
To Offer Genealogy Research Help by Appointment

 BURLINGTON – The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) now offers free, one-on-one research assistance by experienced genealogy volunteers. To schedule a family history research consultation call 360-840-3002. This new consultation by-appointment offering replaces SVGS’ former program of volunteers being available on first Saturdays of the month at the Burlington Library.

SVGS also offers educational programs by genealogy experts on the second Saturday of the month, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Avenue. The public is invited to attend SVGS’ membership meetings and programs.  No meetings are held in July, August and December. For details and to become a member of SVGS visit or email:

SVGS’ September 14 program will be an introductory tutorial about using a new software program called DNA Painter. SVGS’ DNA genealogy expert Barbara Johnson will be the guest speaker. This new software tool will help genealogists to easily clarify DNA matches by defining the common shared ancestor in a DNA match.

Skagit Valley Genealogocal Society Grandpa worked on the Railroad

I’d like to let you know about an upcoming educational program we are offering on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in partnership with Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. The topic of the program is “Grandpa Worked for the Railroad” and will be presented by Janice Lovelace, PhD. 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

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society May Meeting

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Monthly Educational Program:
How to Read a Cemetery

BURLINGTON — Cemeteries are valuable resources for family historians. Gravestone markers contain clues to our ancestors’ lives. Come learn the basics of cemetery gravestone types and the mystery behind the icons on the stone. Best practices for recording cemetery inscriptions will also be discussed in preparation for a field trip to Hawthorne Cemetery in Mount Vernon for volunteers to “read” and record the gravestone inscriptions.

Join us for Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s monthly program on Sat., May 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Admission is free and the public is invited.