Nordic Fair

I read in the Stanwood Camano News that there is a Nordic Fair and Craft Show at the Stanwood Fairgrounds this Saturday, October 21.  The show is in the Stillaguamish Grange Hall and will be open from 10 – 3.

FREE DNA Webinar: Reveal Your Unique Story Through DNA & Family History

For those of you who tried to watch the free webinar on September 23rd and were disappointed by the technical difficulties or those of you who were unable to watch due to scheduling conflicts you haven’t missed out!  The full seminar was recorded and is now available to watch via Youtube. You can find it here. I was able to watch it and learned some new things that may prove helpful in my research.

See previous post for description:

FREE DNA Webinar: Reveal Your Unique Story Through DNA & Family History


Finding Your Roots TV Program

For those of you who like to watch genealogy related television programs, Finding Your Roots will be airing once again Tuesday, October 3 at 8 pm.  The program is on the Seattle PBS station KCTS, Channel 9. You can read more information at the Finding Your Roots website, here.

Overview of Scandinavian Resources, 2 part series

Jill Morelli, CG will be the guest speaker at the October and November Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) meetings. She will be presenting an Overview of Scandinavian Resources which will give an introduction to three major record sets of Sweden, Denmark and Norway in a two part series.  Part one will be Tuesday, October 10th at 1 pm and Part 2 will be Tuesday, November 14th at 1 pm.   Both presentations are free to the public and will be followed by the regular meeting of the SVGS.  Jill lectures and writes about her research and discoveries as a family historian.  She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous societies. Jill resides in Seattle, WA.

Both meetings will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library,   6111 – 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA.

Board Certified Genealogists Offers Free Lectures/Webinars

On October 6th BCG will offer free lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. The lectures will also be available via webinar.  Following are the topics and the times. The times are Mountain Time – so adjust accordingly.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 a.m. – “Sweden’s Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s.” Martha Garrett, CG

10:15 a.m. – “Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise.” Jeanne Bloom, CG

11:30 a.m. – “Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery.” LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

1:30 p.m. – “Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis.” Jill Morelli, CG

2:45 p.m. – “Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records.” Ann Staley, CG, CGL

4:00 p.m. – “Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls.” Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

See the BCG page for more information.



New England Historic Genealogical Society Offers FREE Online Classes

New England Historic Genealogical Society has a number of free webinars open to the public. I found the following listings on their website:

Introduction to Heraldry in America – September 28, 2017, 3 – 4 pm eastern time

City and Rural Directories: More Than Just Names – October 19, 2017, 3 – 4pm eastern time

Navigating Notarial Records In Quebec – November 16, 2017, 3 – 4 pm eastern time

Searching Databases on – December 14, 2017, 3 – 4 pm eastern time

Go to American Ancestors online education page to read the descriptions and register for the above webinars.

The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society has a membership to and our members can access it from our library.

Hat tip to The Washington State Genealogical Society


Maritime Ancestors?

If you have ancestors involved in maritime careers, you may be interested in a free program being presented at 2 pm on September 30th at the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA.

Everett resident, Rebecca Huycke Ellison unearthed the suppressed biography of Capt. Daniel O. Killman and was able to gain permission from his family to have it re-edited and published.

From the Press Release:

“Capt. Killman was a two-fisted, square-rigged sailor of the old school. He was born in Maine in 1860, went to sea while still in his teens, and sailed for more than fifty years, most of which was out of west coast ports.  He settled in Tacoma in the early 1900s and died there in 1936. The ships he captained encountered and survived hurricanes, typhoons, murders and attempted murders, court cases, World War I, whalers in the Arctic, fishermen and gold seekers in Alaska, difficult crews, bureaucrats and officials in ports all around the world. The book is a 2016 winner of a Lyman Award, presented by the North American Society for Oceanic History. It was published by Texas A&M Press.”

Captain Killman originally wrote the biography in 1930’s but it was forgotten until the 1970’s when his family agreed to have it edited, annotated and published by maritime historians John Lyman and Harold D. Huycke, Jr.. Capt. Killman’s family rescinded permission to publish and the book was again forgotten until Rebcca Huycke Ellison rediscovered it and got permission from the family to publish it.

Edited to add:

For further information, please call 425-257-7640