After untold hours of discussion and anguish, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Northwest Genealogy Conference 2020, originally scheduled for August 12-15, in Arlington, WA.

This decision was not made lightly. Considering the myriad issues yet to be resolved surrounding the Covid-19 virus situation, this was the most prudent course of action to take. We know this will be a disappointment for our members and for attendees, who have come to the Conference to receive excellent training and teaching at the Premier Genealogy Conference in the Northwest.

     Refunds will be processed as soon as possible.
     Thank you for your past, and future, support of the NwGC.

What to do at home…

Libraries are closed but Ancestry is open for free! They have made their site open to all of us utilizing our library card. If you do not have a card go to the home page of your local library, ie sno-isle, King County, etc and check to see if you can sign up online and receive your library card number immediately. Scroll down to where it says “Your Online Library is Always Open” and follow their instructions Once you have a card number you can click on the online learning tab on that same page and many links will come up including Ancestry.com Library Edition. You can also access other data bases from that page, including My Heritage.com…take some time to explore what the library system has to offer – Happy Hunting!

ps – keep checking our blog and Facebook page for more good stuff…

SVGS hours changing to “By Appointment Only”

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (the normal days we’re open) the Library’s hours of operation will change from 10:00 – 4:00 to “By Appointment Only”. We’re doing this to minimize the number of people in the library because a portion of our Patrons are in a group that’s susceptible to COVID-19.

This will start on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

To schedule an appointment, please call (360) 435-4838 no later than 7:00 p.m. on Monday (for a Tuesday appointment), on Wednesday (for a Thursday appointment), or on Friday (for a Saturday appointment).

Leave your name, phone number, and length of time you wish to visit (one hour, two hours, etc.). We will check our voice mail throughout the day and will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm the length and time of your visit.

For queries (research that you would like us to do for you) please send an e-mail message to queries@stillygen.org.

These new hours will be in effect until further notice.

Thank you.

March 10 Meeting Cancelled

In an abundance of caution, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society has decided to cancel our monthly meeting for Tuesday March 10th at the library. However, we are investigating an alternative method of making the Mayflower presentation by Lori Lee Sauber available. Details will be provided as they develop.

Introducing Keynote Speaker Kathleen Kaldis

This week we’re introducing you to Kathleen Kaldis (Genealogist, New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) 2020 Director, Lecturer). She is a professional genealogist who is known as The Ancestor Finder. Her interest in genealogy started at a young age when she heard stories about how her great great-grandfather, who was born on Cape Breton Island, came to Boston to build Fenway Park. Her enthusiasm shines through when she shares her passion of genealogy with her clients and audiences.

Her classes will be as follows:
Friday, August 14
• 3:30 pm: Huzzah! There’s a Lineage Society for That!
Saturday, August 15
• 8:30 am: Land Ho! Calling All Mayflower Descendants
• 11:30 am: From Pilgrims to Pioneers: Researching Your New England Ancestors
• 2:00 pm: Folklore, Tall Tales, and Genealogy: Finding the Stories in Your Family Tree

In the year of celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower we’re sure you’ll find Kathy’s topics an entertaining learning experience.


Don’t miss the fun! The Northwest Genealogy Conference which will be held August 12 (Free Beginning Day) Wednesday thru Saturday Aug. 15 is now open for registration. Get the “Early Bird” discount by registering before April 15th….Our keynote speakers this year will be Thomas MacEntee, Anna Swayne and Kathy Kaldis. We will have 15 speakers and more than 40 sessions. Follow our blog each week with more information…check http://www.nwgc.org … remember to log in as a member to register and receive the discount and select your meals….

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society – February Meeting

The February meeting will be Tuesday, February 11th at 1:00 pm.  The speaker will be Richard Hanks, President of the Stanwood Area Historical Society.  Mr. Hanks is related to President Abraham Lincoln through his mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The title of his presentation is: The Parentage and Personality of Abraham Lincoln.  This presentation is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library at 6111 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA. We hope to see you there!


Seattle NARA to be closed?

It has come to my attention that a recommendation has been made to close the Seattle NARA and move the records to facilities in California and Missouri.  You can read more about it here: https://mynorthwest.com/1670992/seattle-national-archives-closure-recommendation/  and here: https://mynorthwest.com/1680107/officials-historians-seattle-national-archives-closure-horrendous/?

If you wish to write to express your thought on this closure, you can write to:

Russell T. Vought

Acting Director

Office of Management f& Budget

725 17th St. N

Washington DC 20503

or email: russell.t.vought@omb.eop.gov