Category Archives: Genealogy

Save your Stuff

businesscard_template_ukThis week is Preservation Week at libraries all over the country.  Although we can’t save everything, some family and institution treasures are worth taking the time and effort to preserve.  Here are some beginning suggestions for preserving your heirlooms and family memories.  Use these quick tips as a starting point for taking care of your precious items or come in and talk to me about the process.  You can also come in to the library for some help with this process. Just ask a librarian!

audio   |   books   |   data   |   documents and paper   |   film and home movies   |  photos   |   scrapbooks   |   slides   |   textiles

—Karen

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Genealogy Resources @ your Library

America's Genealogy BankThe Burlington Library has several great online resources in addition to the book collection of the Skagit Valley Genealogy Society.  America’s Genealogy Bank includes Historical Newspapers (1690 – 1922), Historical Books (1749 – 1900), Historical Documents (1789 – 1994), Social Security Death Index (1937 – 2011).

We also have Ancestry.com Proquest Library Edition and Heritage Quest.  These are also useful for local and regional history research in surprising ways.  Give them a try.  You just need your Burlington Public library card or to visit the library.

Contact library staff about how to make better use of them.  The Skagit Valley Genealogy Society volunteers are also available on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help with detailed questions.

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Discover Burlington History @ the Library

Discovery Burlington History at the Library

Discover Burlington History Program Sept 16 7 pm at the Burlington Library

Tuesday evening, Sept 16, 7 pm
Burlington Public Library Community Meeting Room
820 E Washington Ave

Learn to find Burlington historical places, people, events, buildings, houses, dates, using the library and other new resources – print and online.  Also learn about the new Hub History Digital Collection of online photographs and documents for learning history.

Bring your questions and share your history stories with the Burlington Historical Society group for a fascinating trip back in time here in Skagit County.

Reference Librarian and local historian Karen Prasse will talk about finding the hidden-in-plain-site resources for history.

The program is sponsored by the Burlington Historical Society

For more information call 360-757-4757

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Northwest Passages

Northwest Passages program poster

We’re really looking forward to “Northwest Passages”, a program we’re holding at the library next Thursday.

“Northwest Passages” allows the audience to experience the life of a young Swedish Immigrant, Julia Berg, as she and her family struggle to build a new life in Washington State in the early 20th century. As a nurse, Julia finds herself caring for African and Asian immigrants also new to Washington.  The story covers their experiences during the expansion of the railroad, the discovery of gold, labor struggles and the Great War.  While they observe Swedish and American holidays, they also encounter – as well as witness – prejudice and hostility.

We hope that you can join us for this informative and moving multimedia portrayal of the life of an immigrant of an earlier era.  It will take place from 7:00-9:00 on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Admission is free, and the program is suitable for ages 4th grade through adult.  Teachers and homeschooling parents may be interested in the
Teacher’s Curriculum Guide that gives students a bit more background on the program.

This program is part of the Burlington Library and the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s “Making Connections through ROOTS Project.”

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Learn about African American genealogy research!

Media-4634Join us for the next ROOTS Project Presentation on African American Genealogy Research.  Guest speaker Martha Collins will lead the workshop at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013.  The presentation will not be at the library, and will instead be using the Burlington Senior Center (1011 Greenleaf Avenue, Burlington).

No pre-registration is required. The workshop is sponsored by the Burlington Public Library Foundation and the Skagit Valley Genealogy Society, with funding provided by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.  It will be offered in preparation for an optional commitment to work with and mentor high school students in the 2013-2014 school year.

If you can’t make it to the presentation, or if you are looking for research resources to support this project, try the Biography and Genealogy page on our new website.

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Are you interested in learning about your family’s history?

Many of you may know that the Burlington Public Library houses the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Book Collection with many family, county, state, and town histories from all over the United States.  SVGS volunteers are here to give you one-on-one help with your genealogical questions on Mondays, from 11 – 1pm.

Outside the SVGS collection, we also have a few biographical references that may be of interest to family historians.   Though our budget is a bit thin this year, newer titles for beginners include Social Networking for Genealogists  and Genealogy Online for Dummies

If you are interested in your Revolutionary War era ancestors, one of two other new resources in our Reference Collection in the library are American Revolutionary War Leaders.  It includes mostly men, but women and minorities are indexed.  This source includes fascinating details of Revolutionary War era everyday life and occupations of the signers and framers – their family relations, business disputes, service records, and political lives, all in one place. 

Another special resource we have just acquired is the Encyclopedia of Women in American History.  Then there’s American National Biography – which is 24 volumes of information!

And last but not least, we have the online database Heritage Quest (for family and local histories, census records, some U.S. Government documents).  Talk to us about using it for your family research – it is available to anyone (fromthe library) and from home, 24/7, for those with a library card!

                –Karen

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