There are many ways to receive a genealogy education and one of them is by listening to podcasts. You can access them through the internet and through apps like Itunes and Stitcher on your smart phone. Some that I have listened to and enjoyed are:
Genealogy Gems by Lisa Louise Cooke
Genealogy Guys & Genealogy Connections
These programs offer a wide variety of material of interest to the family researcher. These are some that I have personally listened to and I found this article that shares the above three and several more.
Instead of a regular meeting on July 10th, we will be having our Annual BBQ. Bring your friends and family to tour the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library and enjoy a potluck BBQ together. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided, bring a side or drinks to share. We will start at 4pm on the grounds of the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, 6111 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA. We hope to see you there!
Enemy Women is a historical fiction novel set in the state of Missouri during the Civil War. The author quotes many original sources throughout the book. This is the second book I have read by Paulette Jiles and I find her to be a very engaging author. Some of my ancestors lived in Missouri during this time period and I found the book to be very eye opening as to the hardships that they may have endured. When I research my family history, I want to understand what life may have been like for them – it helps me to be more connected. Well-researched historical fiction is a great way to put your ancestors in context of the world in which they existed. I highly recommend this book, especially if you had family in Missouri during this time period.
All of the major DNA test kit providers are having “Father’s Day” sales currently. You can find more detailed information at Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Bargains website. Thomas keeps abreast of genealogy related sales and passes the information along to those of us who are interested.
Tuesday, June 12th the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society will host Michelle Goodrum who will speak on Digging for Land Records in Indexes & Deeds. Michelle has been seriously researching her family history since the 1990s and has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy annually since 2012. In May 2013 she graduated from the ProGen program. Currently, she is the Administrator for the Gen-Proof Study Group program. A group studying the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS. The meeting will be start at 1 pm and will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library located at 6111 – 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA 98223. This meeting is free and open to the public.
We have received the latest issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 106, No. 1, March 2018.
The Featured Articles include:
Which Amos Lockwood of Fairfield county, Connecticut, was Gilbert’s Son, and Where did He Go? Claire Ammon, CG
Pity the Poor Pfuhl: The Bavarian Origin of Lorenz Full of Lake County, Indiana, F. Warren Bittner, CG
Fannie Fern Crandall and her Three-Timing Darling Husband, Harold A. Henderson, CG
Finding Family in Tennessee’s Wild Frontier – Catharine Grissom’s Kin Cheryl Storton, CG
As I have written before, do not pass up the valuable information in the publications that we receive here at SVGS.
I am sure many of you are aware of the recent arrest in the cold case of the Golden State Killer. It is how they caught the killer that is of interest to those of us involved in genealogy research, at least those of us who use DNA to help us in our research. Police submitted a sample of the Golden State Killer’s DNA to Gedmatch DNA website to see if they could find a match and they did find one. Upon finding a match, they went through painstaking research of family trees to find a probable suspect. It was through this research that they were able to solve the case and make an arrest. I am sure all of us are glad that a killer is off the streets but many are concerned about the ethics of law enforcement using a database meant for family history research being used for police activity. These are questions that the genetic genealogy community now has to grapple with. I am not here to debate the sides of the issue but to bring the resources to you so that you can educate yourself on the ramifications of submitting DNA samples for family history research.
On Sunday, April 29, 2018 The Seattle Times recently printed an article by Gina Kolata and Heather Murphy from the New York Times entitled DNA websites open a frontier for police.
Lisa Louise Cooke presented a detailed discussion on this issue on her most recent podcast #217 which can be found here:
Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist has an extensive post on the subject here:
These are just a few of the many articles out there and discussions going on in genealogy circles.
The bottom line for us is to make sure we read the privacy policies of the companies we test with and provide full disclosure of possibilities to those in our family we want to test.
Food for thought,