Category Archives: Educational Opportunity

Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

On May 19, 2018 Seattle will host their Spring Seminar and this year their speaker will be D. Joshua Taylor.  As host of the popular series Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) he crisscrosses the United States – solving longstanding family history mysteries and uncovering genealogical treasures at every turn.  Since February 2016, Joshua has been the President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B), America’s second oldest genealogical organization, headquartered in New York City. Watch for more information on the Seattle Genealogical Society’s webpage.

Civil War Related Educational Opportunity

I know this is a ways to travel for us at Stillaguamish Valley but it might be worth it if you are researching the Civil War era.

Puget Sound Genealogical Society logo

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1pm – 2pm

at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremeron


The Changing Roles for Women During the Civil War with Jill Morelli

Learn about the the roles of women before the war, The roles

they accepted during the war and the legacy of the Civil War.

General Meeting of PSGS Society – everyone welcome

Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Hat tip: WSGS blog

Educational Opportunities and a Correction

I wanted to make you aware of two free educational opportunities.  The first is a webinar that was done yesterday for Legacy Family Tree Webinars entitled: Finding Your Ancestors and Their Relatives in the NY Passenger Arrival Records. The webinar’s focus is on using the newly indexed records at My Heritage.  I believe the webinar will be available for free for 1 week, after that you can access it at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library (SVGS).  If you have a Sno-Isle library card, you can access My Heritage for free from Sno-Isle’s website.
The second opportunity is also a free webinar to be held December 14 from 3 – 4 pm eastern time (noon in the PNW) and is hosted by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society.  The webinar is entitled: Searching Databases on .  SVGS has a membership to and this webinar should be helpful in learning to use it.
Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that there will not be a general meeting after our holiday potluck.  There will, however, still be a board meeting.  I hope to see you all on December 12th at our holiday potluck!

FREE DNA Webinar: Reveal Your Unique Story Through DNA & Family History

For those of you who tried to watch the free webinar on September 23rd and were disappointed by the technical difficulties or those of you who were unable to watch due to scheduling conflicts you haven’t missed out!  The full seminar was recorded and is now available to watch via Youtube. You can find it here. I was able to watch it and learned some new things that may prove helpful in my research.

See previous post for description:

FREE DNA Webinar: Reveal Your Unique Story Through DNA & Family History


Overview of Scandinavian Resources, 2 part series

Jill Morelli, CG will be the guest speaker at the October and November Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) meetings. She will be presenting an Overview of Scandinavian Resources which will give an introduction to three major record sets of Sweden, Denmark and Norway in a two part series.  Part one will be Tuesday, October 10th at 1 pm and Part 2 will be Tuesday, November 14th at 1 pm.   Both presentations are free to the public and will be followed by the regular meeting of the SVGS.  Jill lectures and writes about her research and discoveries as a family historian.  She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous societies. Jill resides in Seattle, WA.

Both meetings will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library,   6111 – 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA.

Board Certified Genealogists Offers Free Lectures/Webinars

On October 6th BCG will offer free lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. The lectures will also be available via webinar.  Following are the topics and the times. The times are Mountain Time – so adjust accordingly.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 a.m. – “Sweden’s Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s.” Martha Garrett, CG

10:15 a.m. – “Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise.” Jeanne Bloom, CG

11:30 a.m. – “Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery.” LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

1:30 p.m. – “Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis.” Jill Morelli, CG

2:45 p.m. – “Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records.” Ann Staley, CG, CGL

4:00 p.m. – “Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls.” Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

See the BCG page for more information.



New England Historic Genealogical Society Offers FREE Online Classes

New England Historic Genealogical Society has a number of free webinars open to the public. I found the following listings on their website:

Introduction to Heraldry in America – September 28, 2017, 3 – 4 pm eastern time

City and Rural Directories: More Than Just Names – October 19, 2017, 3 – 4pm eastern time

Navigating Notarial Records In Quebec – November 16, 2017, 3 – 4 pm eastern time

Searching Databases on – December 14, 2017, 3 – 4 pm eastern time

Go to American Ancestors online education page to read the descriptions and register for the above webinars.

The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society has a membership to and our members can access it from our library.

Hat tip to The Washington State Genealogical Society