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April 29, 2018 By: Rachel Farley
Flu Season

Between 1918 and 1919, 675,000 Americans (65%) of the population died horrible deaths from the flu. In Cincinnati—during Oct, the police arrested 25 people who violated the anti-spitting ordinance. City crews began flushing residential streets with water and disinfectants. Schools remained closed for nine weeks. Saloons closed at 6:00p.m.               From CCGSMay2018.

April 29, 2018 By: Rachel Farley
Reclaim the Records

RTR works to gain access to records that currently are not online anywhere and are not readily available to the public. They use state Freedom of Information Laws (FOIL) to force government agencies to hand over copies of the records. RTR digitizes the copies and put them online for FREE. The website for the records is https://archive.org/details/reclaimtherecords. Other groups and companies are free to make transcriptions and copies of the record.

Besides their web site, you can subscribe to their newsletter or check facebook for the records that they have recovered.

April 27, 2018 By: Rachel Farley
Joshua Taylor speaking May 19
The Seattle Gen Society is hosting Joshua Taylor on May 19th:

SGS 2018 Spring Seminar "Family History: What the Future Holds" featuring D. Joshua Taylor of Genealogy Roadshow

Glimpse the future of family history through changes in technology, research methods and other community developments.

Register Online:

https://goo.gl/forms/ZP8aPKp3SzfBcMaw2 (link is external)

Click the link below to print out seminar registration form:


Mail your payment and completed form to:

Seattle Genealogical Society

PO Box 15329

Seattle, WA  98115-03

February 15, 2018 By: Rachel Farley
Autumn Quest 2018 speaker announced...
Mark your calendars for Friday, October 5, 2018. The featured speaker is Angie Bush, MS, and Senior Genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists in Salt Lake City. Further details will be available in the HQRL newsletter...
February 15, 2018 By: Rachel Farley
Attend ROOTS Tech on-line...
If you are unable to attend ROOTS Tech in person Feb. 28-Mar.3, there is a way to enjoy 19 of the sessions from your computer. Check out the live and free streaming schedule of sessions at:

December 7, 2017 By: Rachel Farley
New link added
Steven Neale and his 8-year old son (3rd grade) found our web site helpful in doing a family tree project for Garrett's social studies class. Garrett found the National Park Service - Ellis Island site and suggested we add it to our links page. It's hereby added, and thanks to the Neales for contacting us and supporting our love for family research!
December 7, 2017 By: Rachel Farley
From JoAnne Huber and Sharon Vincent
We would like to thank our wonderful contributors who have supported Autumn Quest 2017
ABC - CLIO - Santa Barbara, California
A Good Book - Sumner, Washington
Ancestry.com - Provo, Utah
Arphax Publishing Company (HistoryGeo) - Norman, Oklahoma
Bank of America - Sumner, Washington
CR Publications - San Jose, California
Genealogical.com - Baltimore, Maryland
GenealogyBank.com - Naples, Florida
Genealogy Gems - Rhome, Texas
Heritage Quest Research Library -  Sumner, Washington
Hometown Cafe - Sumner, Washington
Hope Herron - Steilacoom, Washington
Keurig Coffee Company - Waterbury, Vermont
McDonald's -  Sumner, Washington
MyHeritage Company  (Geni Pro) - Lehi, Utah
Seattle Mariners - Seattle, Washington
Seattle Thunderbirds - Kent, Washington
Stuck Junction Saloon - Sumner, Washington
Sugar Shack Day Spa -  Sumner, Washington
The Gold Bug  (Ani Map) - Alamo, California
The Old Cannery Furniture Store - Sumner, Washington
23 and Me - Mountain View, California
Washington State Archives - Olympia, Washington
November 30, 2017 By: Rachel Farley
From Jim Johnson, Director
HQRL Annual Meeting and Board Elections
The annual membership meeting of the Heritage Quest Research Library will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at HQRL.
This is your opportunity, as an HQRL member, to hear about things that have happened at your library during the past year from the Management Team and the Board of Trustees and to hear about plans for the year to come.
It is also your opportunity to vote for the four positions that are up for election on the Board of Trustees. Positions 2, 4, 6, and 8 are up for election this year. The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected, write-ins are welcome. 
Due to the rising costs of library operation, the Board of Trustees is proposing an increase in membership fees. An increase of $10 would put family memberships at $45, and individual memberships $40. This change must be ratified by a majority of voting members.
We ask that you complete the ballot that you receive and mail it or bring it by the library (HQRL) by 4p.m. Friday, January12th, 2018. 
Family memberships have two ballots attached. If you wish, you may enclose the ballot in a secrecy envelope to insure the privacy of your vote.
The annual HQRL Volunteer Appreciation Party will be held Saturday, January 13th at 11 AM at the Faith Covenant Church in Sumner. All members and their families are invited to attend.   This is our chance to honor and thank all our loyal volunteers. Finger food will be provided.  You are welcome to bring desserts.
-Jim Johnson
October 2, 2017 By: Rachel Farley
From Judy Line:
   First:  DNA is becoming a hot topic in genealogy.  By having volunteers who are familiar with the testing companies and how to utilize the test results is one way to distinguish HQRL as being prominent in the genealogical world and to draw customers/members.  Membership is the life blood of our library, it is imperative that we each do what we can to continue to draw in members.  Please take this opportunity to increase your own knowledge.  If you can not attend, please contact me after the 17th and we can work on possibly scheduling a time in which you can fit this into your schedule.
    Second:  I have been getting queries from many members asking for information on specific genealogical software.  I was hoping to collect a list of volunteers and the software that they use.  So if you are willing to please include your name, the standalone software that you use (i.e. Legacy, Family Tree Maker), and the web site that you are familiar with (i.e. Ancestry, FamilySearch, GEDmatch, FTDNA, AncestryDNA, 23andMe).  Also include if you are or are not willing to possibly answer questions for those looking for assistance with that software.  Remember, the point to the library is to provide the tools to those who need assistance to do their own genealogical research.  This is another great way to do this.
    Third:  If you haven't noticed, there is a web site listed on the bulletin board that provides short learning video's on how to use Microsoft and other software (such as internet email).  It is a great place to increase your own knowledge and be able to assist our visitors when they need some help.  Even if you don't make use of it, be aware it is there so you can suggest it if a customer seems to be struggling.
Our jobs are all about being helpful to the customer/members and here are several ways to be able to do this.  Judy
Tuesday, Oct 17th 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  $5.00 per session “Family Tree DNA Matches: So you have test results, now what?" video's proctored by Judy Line
        Come join others who have tested at FTDNA (or are considering it) to learn about the matches that you have seen and the tools that are available to work with them.  Watching the video's will allow discussion with others who may be as confused as you are as to what you have and how it can advance your genealogical family.
       This is presented in 3 - 2 hour sessions.  Each video is about 2 hours long. Learn insights into your test results and how to analyze them and utilize the tools on the FTDNA site.
Session 1 10-12 $5.00 Family Finder (autosomal)
Session 2  12-2  $5.00 Mitrochondrial (mtDNA)
Session 3   2-4   $5.00 Y-Chromosome (yDNA)
Please identify which session(s), and please bring your brown bag lunch.
Because of the expected popularity of this class please call or come into the library to register. 
Also note that these are video's in the public domain, the fee is for usage of the library facilities.Reques