Category Archives: Educational Opportunity

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.



SVGS September Meeting

At the September SVGS meeting, we had a wonderful presentation on Irish Research by Eva Doherty Gremmert.  Eva is an engaging speaker with a vast knowledge of Irish history and the records available to the family history researcher. We had a wonderful turn out and I believe those that attended will agree that we hope that we can have Eva speak for us again in the future.

In addition to being an excellent speaker, Eva has written a book entitled A Cottage in Donegal: Mary Doherty’s Story. From the forward: The book is a historical fiction work based on the life of Eva’s great grandmother, Mary Doherty. “The book is written in memoir form from Mary’s perspective. There are no surviving letters or journals from Mary herself. I have created an entertaining, historically accurate story of the life of a typical woman in rural Ireland in the 19th century from family stories and the remaining artifacts from Mary’s life.”  Eva was so kind as to donate a copy of her book to our wonderful library.  It will be cataloged soon and available to peruse. If you would like to purchase a copy for your own personal library, the book is available on

If you haven’t been attending our monthly meetings, you have been missing out on the wonderful information that our speakers impart.  In addition to wonderful speakers, it is  great feeling to be around so many people that share a common goal of researching our ancestors and passing on the story of their lives. We hope you will join us for future meetings here at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society.



Scotland’s History

The Celtic Arts Foundation in Mt. Vernon Washington will be showing the 6 part BBC Documentary on the history of Scotland.  They will start this Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 – 9 pm and meet every Thursday until they finish the series.  It is free to attend but they do want you to RSVP.  You can find more information and register on their website.


Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Education at home – in your pjs if you want.  Legacy Family Tree offers free webinars just about every week.  This week’s line up is:

How Photos Enhance Genealogical Research by Daniel Horowitz, August 28, 2018 (today)

The YDNA Test Should by Your Favorite by Diahan Southard, August 29, 2018


What’s Been Done: Using Some Else’s Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee,     August 30, 2018.

If you can’t participate in the webinar live, check the site anyway as they usually have the recorded webinar up for free for a week.  If you miss that deadline, you can always come into the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library and watch it here.

Google Tools For Genealogists

George Ridgeway will introduce the numerous ways genealogists can utilize Google to make their research more productive and streamlined.  Appropriate for beginners and advanced researchers.  Please create a free Google account prior to the session if you would like to follow along.  This class is put on by the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society in partnership with the Burlington Public Library.  Go to the society website or email for more information.

Edited to include: The workshop is Saturday, September 8 from 1-3 pm at the Burlington Public Library, Burlington, WA. (Thanks for the catch Lorelle)