September Meeting

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society  (SVGS) will meet Tuesday, September 12th at 1 pm.  Our guest speaker will be Rob Branigin, Sno-isle Librarian from the Stanwood Branch.  His topic is: Exploring Vital Records Online with Ancestry and Family Search. The meeting will be held at the SVGS library, 6111 – 188th PL. NE, Arlington WA, is free and open to members and the public. We hope to see you there!

Family History: Writing Their Story When They Left No Stories

If you missed hearing Mary Kircher Roddy give this seminar, you have another opportunity to catch it.  She will be giving this informative presentation at the Arlington Library on Thursday, September 14th from 10:30 – 11:30 am.  Mary has been a speaker for our society and for the Northwest Genealogy Conference and gives wonderful presentations.  I had the privilege of hearing this presentation when she gave it at the Stanwood Library and think it will be very helpful for anyone wanting to write their ancestors’ stories. You can register at online at the Sno-Isle Libraries website by clicking the event tab on the top of the page and then clicking the Arlington link – this will bring up the calendar of events and the event will be listed on September 14th. If you have any questions, you can call the Arlington Library. You can find more of Mary’s work on her website.


Ancestry DNA Kit Sale

If you have been thinking about doing a DNA test, now is a good time. You can order an Ancestry DNA test kit for $69.  This price is good until August 15th.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, you also will get free shipping.  You can order from Ancestry directly or through Amazon.

NwGC Speaker Highlight





Are translating documents a sticking point in your research? This year at NwGC we are offering two classes to help get beyond that sticking point.  Jean Hibben, Phd., former college professor and Board-Certified genealogist will be teaching: German Research for Those Who Do Not Speak German and Dead Language, Dead People: Translating Latin Records.    I am especially eager to hear what she has to say about German research and I am sure those with Catholic ancestors will be interested in the class on translating Latin records. In addition to the classes on language this year she will also be teaching a class entitled: The Devil is in the Details: don’t Overlook Minutiae! Jean writes for genealogy publications and serves or has served on the boards of a number of genealogy related groups.  You can learn more about what she is up to at her website: Circle Mending and her joint venture with Gina Philibert-Ortega at Genealogy Journeys. We are excited to have Jean included in our excellent group of speakers at the conference this year.



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.