Category Archives: Educational Opportunity

Educational Resources

Lisa Louise Cooke provides a genealogy podcast entitled Genealogy Gems.  She offers free content as well as premium member only content.  Along with her podcast, she has a website and newsletter and many other resources.  I highly recommend you check out her website. It was in her recent newsletter that I learned about free online resources that has made available.  They are offering free online video classes from their recent conference.  The classes vary from DNA to Writing to how to get the most out of the record sets on the website.  You can read about the available classes here. You may be thinking that you don’t have a membership to their website but if you are a resident of Snohomish or Island Counties and have a library card to the Sno-Isle library system – you have access to the website for free from your home. To access with your Sno-Isle library card. Go to: and click Online Library (at the top of the page), Click Research in the drop down menu and then Genealogy, click MyHeritage and log in with your library card and password.  Happy Hunting!

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Fall Seminar



It won’t be long until the 2019 GFO Fall Seminar, featuring Fritz Juengling, Ph.D., AG! This will be an exceptional educational opportunity that we are exited to bring to our membership and the community at large. Dr. Juengling is an Accredited Genealogist® (through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists) for Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden, and he is certified by the Verband deutschsprachiger Berufsgenealogen. He is also a German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The full-day session on Saturday, October 5th, will be held at the Center for Self Enhancement (3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland) and will focus on German Research, while the half-day presentation at the GFO Library on Sunday, October 6th, will provide an introduction to Dutch research. Download the flyer for full details. Mark your calendar, spread the word, and register early!

Family Tree Webinars

During the next week on Family Tree Webinars, the three classes available for free are:

The Basics of Land Platting, Pt.1, presented by: Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Ten Tools for Genealogical Writing, presented by Harold Henderson, CG


Bullet Journaling for Genealogy by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG

For more information and to register go to Family Tree Webinars website.


Family Tree Webinars this week

This week Family Tree Webinars is offering webinars on Google Photos; DNA, Genealogy and Privacy; and Finding Families in New Zealand.  As usual, these webinars are offered live and then as a recording for a week and are free.  If you are a member of Family Tree Webinars, you can also download the syllabus for each class.  Visit the Family Tree Webinars website for more information and to register. I have watched several of the Family Tree Webinars and they have all been very well done.  Don’t miss this free educational opportunity.

Upcoming Events

We are entering genealogy spring seminar season and societies all around the Puget Sound are scheduling seminars. We have a number of listings on the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society webpage listed under events.  If you know of any that I have missed, please email the information to me at and I will try to get it posted ASAP.



Organized Research From Cradle to Grave

Lori Lee Sauber of LSquared Innovations will be the speaker at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Societies March meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  During her lecture she will provide A to Z guidance for managing a genealogical research project.  The presentation will be at 1 pm and will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society library at 6111 188th Pl NE, Arlington, WA.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Germans From Russia

The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society along with the Burlington Public Library are hosting well known speaker, David Obee.  He will be giving the presentation: Germans From Russia: Placing Our Ancestors in Historical Context.  The presentation will be Saturday, January 12th from 1 – 3 pm at the Burlington Public Library at 820 E. Washington, Burlington, WA.

October Meeting and Presentation

At our October 9th, 1 pm meeting, Mary Kircher Roddy will present “Bagging a Live One”. Mary earned her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of California in 1982 and Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. In 2005 she earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, The Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. During this presentation Mary will teach how to find distant relatives, perhaps some that you didn’t know existed.  You will come away with the skills to target specific people and to find their contact details.  Great for finding missing friends and cousins or for locating family members to fill out your DNA “dance card.” This presentation will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library and is free and open to the public.

The Stillaguamish Genealogical Society Library address is:

6111 188th Pl. NE, Arlington, WA


Legacy Family Tree Webinars

This weeks free offerings are:


Using Lists to Find Proof by Cari Taplin, CG

25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo – (live webinar is Wednesday, September 19th)

The Importance of Newspapers for Family Research by Daniel Horowitz (live webinar, Tuesday, September 25, 2018)

The webinars are usually free for a week.  Check on for more information.  Remember that we have a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars at our library.  Just bring a pair of headphones and you can watch any of their webinars on one of our computers.