Category Archives: Library Resources

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.



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.

civil war diary

Society Saturday: Found Diary of Sgt. Jesse Hyde

Found in a house which descendants of the civil war veteran never lived in, Library Director Stephen Baylor explains how the diary of Sgt. Jesse Hyde came into the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society’s possession…

civil war diaryA few years ago a diary written during the Civil War by a Sgt. Jesse Hyde of Company H, 1st Kentucky Volunteers was discovered in an attic of a home on the far end of the Grandview Road. The book was in sad shape and the ink was beginning to fade. The diary was given to our founder, Marietta Roth, who brought it to our library. It was obvious the book needed archival care but the question was where. After checking with the University of Washington and the Washington State Archives, it was suggested we try the Kentucky State Archives. Sure enough, they were enthused to receive the document into their care. The document was scanned and we were sent copies. The scanning process made the writing legible for the most part so we sat down and began transcribing it. SVGS member, Kay Crabtree, spent many hours doing the lion’s share of the work. The document is now available for all to see at the Kentucky Historical Society’s digital collections. You can find it quickly by googling and typing Jesse Hyde in the search window. The website shows the original document alongside our transcription. A printout of the transcript is also on our library shelves. The call number is R-725-026. Jesse Hyde never lived in Arlington. He passed away near Yakima in 1908. Although he never lived in the area there is a local connection that might explain how the diary came here. Jesse’s widow, Ethelinda and her sister Minnie, lived for a few years in Bryant. She would likely have had the opportunity to give the diary to Daniel Baker, another Civil War vet who at one time lived in the house where the diary was found. The website, Fold3, was very helpful in tracking down information about Sgt. Hyde’s service in the War of the Rebellion. If you have Civil War ancestors you will likely enjoy learning from Jay Fonkert CGSM. Jay will give a presentation on Using Military Pension Files to Fill Gaps in Family History at our Northwest Genealogy Conference at 10:15 on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Society Saturday

In recent presentations at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society(SVGS) meetings, Laura Pemberton Sparr shared some helpful resources for researching ancestors.  Some of the many resources she mentioned and that the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical library has are:

The Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources

The Handybook (similar to The Red Book, but has some foreign country information as well as American)

Ancestry’s Concise Genealogical Dictionary, by Maurine and Glen Harris

A to Zax: A comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians, by Barbara Jean Evans

Researching Church Records in America, by Ray Gooldy

Tennessee Genealogical Research, by George K. Schweitzer,Ph.D. SC.D.

library bookshelves
The library contains these and many other resources for our genealogical education and I am excited to peruse some of those resources in the near future. To learn which resources the SVGS library has to help you in your research, check our online catalog at