NOTICE: Due to cancellation by the King Count Library System of the use of all meeting rooms until April 15th due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic our meetings, Ancestry help sessions, and genealogy helper sessions are cancelled until KCLS and King County Health Department feel it is safe to hold meetings. Members, please watch your email and this site for future notices.
In Memoriam of Beatrice Whaley Mathewson:
Shortly before her 105th birthday, Bea died Saturday, January 11, 2020, peacefully in the loving presence of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
She was born in Beaux Arts, and grew up in Bellevue. In the 1930’s she married Frank Mathewson. They moved to Renton and began a fuel business that grew into Mathewson’s Automotive, which continues in business today.
For Decades Bea gave her time to service industries, civic & historic organizations, and the Renton Methodist Church. Her 1990’s Citizen of the Year Award is typical recognition of her contribution to the community.
Bea was a member of Eastside Genealogical Society and the Society will be donating a book in her honor to the Bellevue Regional Library.
South King County Genealogical Society is hosting Diahan Southard for it’s 2020 Seminar entitled “Who Does Your DNA Think You Are?” on Saturday, June 6th, 2020 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. at Renton Technical College. More information can be found here.
A volunteer member of the Society is available for assistance to anyone at the library. Volunteers are in Room 6 on the second floor and are available every Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm and Sundays from 2 to 4 pm. They answer questions and give advice about using the Bellevue Regional Library and about other resources in the library but do not conduct any research.
In addition, Janet Stroebel is leading an Ancestry.com help session every month on the 2nd Tuesday, 1-4 pm in the computer lab, Bellevue Regional Library. No appointment needed.
Robert Barnes received Special Recognition from the Washington State Genealogical Society. Click to read more and see his certificate of recognition.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Eastside Genealogical Society has donated over 860 books to the Bellevue Regional Library? Here is a list of topics for your review. There is something there for almost everybody. Perhaps you will find your next big breakthrough in one of the books we donated.
|Topics||# of books|
|Australia, Irish migration to||1|
|Canada, Atlantic Provinces||2|
|Canada, British Columbia||1|
|Canada, Manitoba, Metis||1|
|Canada, New Brunswick||1|
|Canada, Newfoundland & Labrador||1|
|Census, U. S.||4|
|Church records, baptismal||1|
|Church records, Baptist||1|
|Church records, Catholic||1|
|Church records, Catholic (Nebraska & Iowa)||1|
|Church records, Catholic (Pacific Northwest)||3|
|Church records, Methodist||1|
|Civil War, Confederate||1|
|Civil War, Union||4|
|Delaware River Valley||1|
|District of Columbia||1|
|District of Columbia, libraries & archives||1|
|Genealogy, how-to, dates||1|
|Genealogy, medical terms||2|
|Genealogy, psychic aspects of||1|
|Genealogy, writing and publishing||5|
|German & Swiss Americans||1|
|German Americans, Iowa||1|
|German Americans, North Dakota||1|
|Germans from Russia||1|
|Immigration, passenger lists||2|
|Immigration, steamship lines||1|
|Jews, Ukraine & Moldova||1|
|King Philip’s War||1|
|Maine and New Hampshire||1|
|Middle Atlantic States||2|
|National Archives, military records||2|
|National Archives, passenger lists||1|
|Naturalization records, U. S.||2|
|New England Historic Genealogical Society||1|
|New York City||13|
|Newspapers, missing persons||1|
|North and South Carolina||3|
|North Dakota and South Dakota||1|
|Ohio River Valley||1|
|Oregon, women pioneers||1|
|Quakers, North Carolina||1|
|Scandinavia, Denmark & Norway||1|
|U.S., atlases & gazetteers||3|
|U.S., court records||1|
|U.S., estate inventories||1|
|U.S., families of royal descent||1|
|U.S., fire insurance maps||1|
|U.S., land records||3|
|U.S., marriage notices||1|
|U.S., migration routes||2|
|U.S., tax lists||2|
|Virginia & West Virginia||1|
|Virginia, War of 1812||1|
|Washington, archives and libraries||5|
|Washington, Island Co.||1|
|Washington, King Co.||10|
|Washington, King County||2|
|Washington, Kitsap Co.||1|
|Washington, Kittitas Co.||6|
|Washington, Lewis Co.||1|
|Washington, oral history||1|
|Washington, Pacific Co.||1|
|Washington, Pierce Co.||2|
|Washington, Skagit Co.||10|
|Washington, Snohomish and Island Co.||1|
|Washington, Snohomish Co.||5|
|Washington, Thurston Co.||2|
|Washington, Whatcom Co.||1|
|World War I||1|