Category Archives: Library Resources

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 www.sno-isle.org 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.

~Pam

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 AmericanAncestors.org – 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 AmericanAncestors.org and our members can access it from our library.

Hat tip to The Washington State Genealogical Society

~Pam

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.

~Pam

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.

~Pam

 

Come Celebrate!

WHEN:  Saturday, March 18

Open House – Noon to 4 pm

cake and refreshments will be served

WHERE: Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library

6111 188th PL NE

Arlington, WA

WHAT:  Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society has expanded!   We have been able to expand into the west side of our building.  This expansion has allowed us to enlarge our conference room, improve our technology room to include to new computers, add an extra room for library materials and make room for more tables to sit at and do research.  We are very happy to have a larger space to better serve our patrons and hope you will come and help us celebrate.