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 … 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:  and here:

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:

UPDATE: Possible Snow Closures

Today’s meeting is CANCELLED due to the snow and we will likely be closed this Thursday as well.  Please check our website to make sure we are open before attempting to come into the library.

With snow in the forecast, it is possible that we will need to close the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library.  Please check our website for information on closures; we will post there as soon as we know we need to close. Our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, January 14th may be affected.