Category Archives: Library Resources

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.



The NEHG Register

Here at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library we have received the Summer 2018 issue of The NEHG Register.  In this issue you will find:

Origins: Overton, Updates to Great Migration

Families: Fuller, Geare, Leavitt, Mason, Randall, Thrall

Feature: New England Articles in 2016

Be sure to check out what this resource has to offer.


The NEHG Register

We have received the Winter 2018 issue of The NEHG Register: Journal of American Genealogy here at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library.  This issue covers the following surnames: Augur, Benyon, Clark, Hepburne, Higginson, Overton, Sutton, Wilkenson,  Barlow, Clifton, Coward, Cusman, Geoffrion, Hargrove, Huit, and McFall.  If you have ancestors with these surnames, this may be a resource for your research.  Our current magazines are in the lobby/sun room area in a hanging rack.


Nordic or Swedish Ancestors?

Two upcoming Legacy Webinars may be able to help you with your research.  On February 13th, Mike Mansfield will present: Have Nordic Ancestors? count Yourself Lucky – Nordic Records are Amazing and then on February 20th, Jill Morelli, CG will present: Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems. For more details, click the title links.  You can register to watch these presentations for free but if you miss them, you can still watch them from our library because we have a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Sno-Isle Library System and Your Genealogical Research

There are many great free resources available through the Sno-Isle Library system for those that have a library card.  There are genealogy magazines, books and databases available.  Also, if they don’t have a book that you are looking for, they may be able to get it for you from another library system through interlibrary loan.

Sno-Isle carries two genealogy magazine subscriptions, Internet Genealogy and Family Tree Magazine.  The physical copies are only in a couple of the library branches and so I recommend that you go into the online catalog and request to place a hold on them.  They will then be sent to the branch that you specify and you will be notified when they come in.  Or, if you prefer, you can read Family Tree Magazine online or download it to a compatible device, such as an android tablet or kindle HD through the Zinio app.

They have books on most genealogy topics such as general how to research for beginners to specific topics such as Germans from Russia.  Some of the books are reference materials, like at our society library and must be looked at in the library but others can be checked out and kept for three weeks. I have ordered books on interlibrary loan and they were able to get them from other library systems.  This is especially helpful if a book is out of print and hard to find for purchase or too expensive to purchase.

Online databases can be especially helpful in your research and Sno-isle currently carries Myheritage library edition, America’s Obituaries and Death Notices National that can be accessed from your home. They also carry Ancestry library edition which can only be accessed from a library.

One last cool thing is that if you have Sno-Isle library card, you are eligible to get library cards for other library systems that Sno-Isle has reciprocal agreements with.  Having library cards from other systems is especially helpful when the other system subscribes to different genealogy databases than Sno-Isle.

If you have not been making use of your local library, I hope you will give it a try. Go to their website at and try some searches to see what resources are available. If you have questions about Sno-Isle’s genealogy resources, your local library staff will be happy to help you.


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


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.


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.