Drugstore on Railroad Avenue Looking Northeast
Arlington's main street started out as Railroad Avenue, but due to the spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains, a change was suggested. Dr. W. F. Oliver, local pioneer physician and one of the founders of the Pioneers Association, and Carl Marsh, The Arlington Times editor, became the main forces in changing the street name to Olympic Avenue. Dr. Oliver said, it's a shame that with a view such as this from our main street, we call it Railroad Avenue instead of Olympic Avenue. Using Railroad Avenue was considered a shoddy misnomer by the pair. No official documentation of this change has been found, but today all street signs, maps and references refer to it as Olympic Avenue instead of Railroad Avenue.
- The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library has grown to include thousands of genealogical and historical books, microfilm and microfiche sets, and Internet access to free genealogy web sites. Our library is a depot for historical information pertaining to north Snohomish County and the Stillaguamish Valley, and its native populations and early settlers. The collection also contains material for all U.S. states and many foreign countries. This information is available to members and visitors during regular library hours.
Monthly Meetings Visitors and Potential Members Always Welcome!
- Held on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm at Arlington Free Methodist Church.
- Hear speakers and watch programs on a wide range of genealogical and historical topics.
- Wheelchair accessible and is easily reachable from I-5 or State Route (Highway) 9.
- Meet members and gather information about the library collection during the break.
Benefits of Membership
- Wi-Fi access.
- Complete access to Members Only pages of our website.
- Participate in field trips to research centers.
- Develop contacts with others who have similar interests.
- Discounted rates for certain genealogical research workshops.
- Receive the bi-monthly "Stillaguamish Star" newsletter by e-mail. There is an additional $5 yearly fee to receive the newsletter by regular mail.
Annual membership dues for 2014 are:
- Individual: $20.00.
- Family: $25.00.
- Lifetime membership: $150.00 (per individual, with no additional charge for newsletter by regular mail).
Become a member:
- We're always accepting new members. Please call us at (360) 435-4838 or attend our monthly meeting and ask any participant to direct you to our Membership committee.
Accepts the following materials:
- Printed family histories.
- New and used books of genealogical value.
- Microfilm and microfiche.
- Old photographs (which can be scanned and returned to you).
Items can be donated to the society in honor of or in memory of a loved one or can be lent to the Society for a specific amount of time.
To promote an interest in genealogy through education; to instruct members in genealogical research and preservation of their own family histories; to locate, preserve and index public and private genealogical records and make them available to members and the general public; to support other genealogical libraries throughout Washington State; and to provide current updates to members and the public regarding projects and upcoming speakers and events in our bi-monthly newsletter.
The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library was founded in 1985 and one year later obtained non-profit status.
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Exploring our Website
Welcome to our website by Easy Net Sites.
For the public and our members:
We encourage you to click on the Menu Titles provided on the left to navigate through the offerings (more on website navigation). Only a few of our pages are accessible to members only. We hope you will come back again and, of course, we would love for you to consider membership in our Society.
Our site has searchable cemetery records and a searchable database of all of the library's holdings including books, maps, microfilm, microfiche, and privately published family histories. The library is happy to announce that we have a nearly complete collection of the Pennsylvania Archives as well as War of the Rebellion Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies volumes.
Mine our new Surname Research page for the surname gold that you've been searching for. It's possible that one of our members has a surname that you share.
Tired of running into brick walls? You're invited to sit for a spell at our Forums page (under construction) and look for a member who can help you break down those brick walls.
For members only:
Visit our new membership pages, including the updated and improved membership page. From this page members have access to the contact information of other members, newsletters, and documents that can be downloaded.
The Society was founded by Marietta J. Colbern-Roth in 1985 and was incorporated as a non-profit organization one year later. It was through her efforts that a genealogical interest group met and decided to form an official Society. In 1987, Marietta was elected to serve as the first President and has maintained an active role in the society since then.
She has participated in countless research projects and has sheparded many manuscripts from the idea stage to the final publication. In addition, our annual yard sale and fund raiser was held at her home along State Highway 9 for many years. Marietta currently serves the Society as President Emeritus.
The Society Would Like to Thank:
The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society would like to thank our generous supporters:
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.
was made possible in part by assistance from the Snohomish County Heritage Program, for which we are truly grateful.