October is Family History Month

Below are some links for family history resources and questions – start planning a project for family visits this holiday season.  They don’t have to be long, they don’t have to be formal.  But try one and figure out how it might work best for your family or community.

Family Tree

Library of Congress “Cesky Sternberk Castle CZ family tree” by takato marui on Wiki Commons

For inspiration : Storycorps

Click here for info on interviewing, equipment, and other tech help:

And don’t forget Everett Public Library oral history collection

For more family tree wall art, see http://www.pinterest.com/pgabri/family-tree-wall-art/

 

For more help, contact us.

 

 

 

Paddle to Swinomish on Saratoga Passage

On Saturday and Sunday my husband and I watched from the Port of Mabana on Saratoga Passage looking west as the canoes paddled their way north towards LaConner. It was inspiring to watch these amazing vessels and imagine the experience. They navigated their way against significant headwinds most of the day.

This traditional Coast Salish gathering has been more impressive each year with participation from as far away as Alaska.  The ones here are heading north and probably intending to arrive at Cama Beach State Park which is one of the camping sites for the journey.
For the Map route click here.
For more info click here.

One of the Canoes from a distance

 

Indian Canoe on the Paddle to Swinomish 2011

Canoes with Coast Guard ship nearby

Part of the journey includes a water quality monitoring project conducted by the Tribes and USGS.  See their website.
 
—-Karen

Womens Legacy Project – New Domain!

Women's Legacy Project of Snohomish CountyOur Women’s Legacy Project now has a new home -

snohomishwomenslegacy.org

We have 67 stories and are hoping for 100 – if you would like to contribute, please contact info at snocoheritage.org – our editorial committee will consider all new biographical stories about women in Snohomish County history.   We especially welcome histories of women’s organizations!

Thanks!

Karen Prasse
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations

Women’s Legacy Project milestone!

Women's Legacy Project

Thanks to Margaret Riddle, Betty Lou Gaeng of the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society and Louise Lindgren of Index for their new additions to the Women’s Legacy Project biographical histories.  We now have 60 of 100 planned women’s stories – now including many untold stories of Native American women and Louise’s account of the life of a midwife, a profession that still exists in a much different form.  Please look over the updated list.  The names, professions, places and other details for finding stories you are interested in can be found by using our google custom search from our website.

More are to come, we have several being worked on – to contact us about contributions, email me below.

–Karen Prasse, Loscho President
kprasse@yahoo.com

Oral History Interviews

We were at a history meeting recently and once again the subject of how to do oral interviews came up.  The need for personal points of view on community, regional and national events add depth to our interpretation of our local historical places and biographies.    As historians, we want to encourage oral histories as part our research but they are hard to arrange and it sometimes takes time to develop interviewing skills and relevant questions so the interviews stay focused.

There are a few books on the subject and there are more and more resources on the internet for suggestions.  The most comprehensive book readily available is “Doing Oral History – A Practical Guide”  by Donald A. Ritchie, available from both Everett and Sno-Isle Library systems.
The key points are to make sure you have permissions signed for the appropriate use of the interview, ie. can they be broadcast or published, used in exhibit captions, or just preserved.  And in spite of new digital technologies, it is always preferable to transcribe them, a daunting task for the casual interviewer.

The following resources might be helpful -

–Karen Prasse, League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations