Free Online Digital Archive

Sno-Isle Library system has brought back online their Historical Photographic Collection.  The photos will be of interest to those doing research in the Snohomish County area.  From the collection’s about page: “Our Historical Photo Collections emerged from an ongoing program called Digitize Our Community History. The program is a partnership between library communities and local museum, historical society, newspaper archive or other established groups that provide access to photos. Many, if not most, of the pictures are unavailable in digital form anywhere else.”

You can access the collection by visiting Sno-Isle’s website and clicking the online library button at the top of the page and then Historical Photo Collections in the drop down menu.



Northwest Genealogy Conference Speaker Highlight

Katherine R Willson

From Ann Arbor, Michigan, Katherine Wilson joins us as one of our many exceptional speakers this year at the NwGC.  Katherine is a professional genealogist, speaker and educator.  Her interest in genealogy was sparked as a Junior Girl Scout trying to earn her “My Heritage” badge and has continued on from there. She will be teaching four classes at our conference entitled: They Didn’t all Come through Ellis Island; Records of New York City’s Emigrant Savings Bank; Sources for Locating Photos of Your Ancestors; and Solving Genealogical Mysteries with Facebook’s 10,000+ links. Be sure to visit Katherine’s website and above all don’t miss out on the great classes that will be teaching, along with the others that will be offered at NwGC.


Family History Library discontinuing microfilm distribution

The Family History Library has been busy digitizing their microfilm collection.  August 31st will be the last day that you can request microfilm for viewing at a local Family History Center; after that date, the Family History Library will no longer distribute their microfilm.  You can read more about it on their blog. If you have microfilm that you wanted to look at, you may want to check the Family Search catalog to see if it has already been digitized and able to be viewed online; if not, you may want to request it soon.  Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society is a Family History Center affiliate and you can request the film to be sent to our library for viewing.


Annual July BBQ

It is our custom here at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society to host a BBQ in July in lieu of a regular meeting.  This BBQ is open to society members and the public.  This year it will take place at the society library grounds, 6111 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA 98223, July 11th from 4 – 7 pm. Burgers, hot dogs and fixings will be provided; just bring a side dish, dessert or beverage and yourself and enjoy the company of fellow ancestor hunters!


Melungeon Meeting Follow Up

Interesting, informative and well attended is how I would describe last month’s meeting.  Jim Johnson from the Heritage Quest Research Library did a great job of teaching us about the unique Melungeon people.  If you were unable to attend, you missed out on a great resource.  As far as I know, I am not descended from these folks but I am still very glad I was able to attend and learn more about them.  Stay tuned for upcoming meeting notices and don’t miss out on future educational and informative topics that our society provides.

What is a Melungeon and are you a descendant?

If you are like me, you may never have heard the term Melungeon before now.  According to Wikipedia, Melungeons are a people from the Cumberland Gap Area of East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. They are of mixed European, African and Native American ancestry.  At our next Meeting, June 13th at 1pm, Jim Johnson, President of the Heritage Quest Genealogical Library in Sumner, will be speaking on the topic of Melungeons.  The meeting will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library and is free to attend.  Join us in learning about these unique people.

~Pam Liebelt

Early New England Research Educational Opportunity

A unique education opportunity is coming to the Pacific Northwest.

The New England Historic and Genealogical Society is presenting a seminar in the Bellevue Area on June 10th.

Researching Early New England Ancestors

Spend the day with the New England Historic Genealogical Society and learn how to trace your early New England ancestors. Discover essential resources for the 17th-c. New England research, understand early settlement and migration patterns, learn how to research your patriot ancestors, and more. Registration includes lunch and an evening reception.

Saturday June 10, 2017, 9 am to 6:30 pm

Bellevue Club, 11200 SE Sixth St., Bellevue, WA

Cost: $125, includes lunch and reception

To register, call 617-226-1226 or visit

The date is coming up soon and they have a few spots left, don’t miss out!