Category Archives: StillyGen News

Information and updates about the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society.

Ancestry DNA Kit Sale

If you have been thinking about doing a DNA test, now is a good time. You can order an Ancestry DNA test kit for $69.  This price is good until August 15th.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, you also will get free shipping.  You can order from Ancestry directly or through Amazon.

NwGC Speaker Highlight





Are translating documents a sticking point in your research? This year at NwGC we are offering two classes to help get beyond that sticking point.  Jean Hibben, Phd., former college professor and Board-Certified genealogist will be teaching: German Research for Those Who Do Not Speak German and Dead Language, Dead People: Translating Latin Records.    I am especially eager to hear what she has to say about German research and I am sure those with Catholic ancestors will be interested in the class on translating Latin records. In addition to the classes on language this year she will also be teaching a class entitled: The Devil is in the Details: don’t Overlook Minutiae! Jean writes for genealogy publications and serves or has served on the boards of a number of genealogy related groups.  You can learn more about what she is up to at her website: Circle Mending and her joint venture with Gina Philibert-Ortega at Genealogy Journeys. We are excited to have Jean included in our excellent group of speakers at the conference this year.



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.



Family History Library discontinuing microfilm distribution

The Family History Library has been busy digitizing their microfilm collection.  August 31st will be the last day that you can request microfilm for viewing at a local Family History Center; after that date, the Family History Library will no longer distribute their microfilm.  You can read more about it on their blog. If you have microfilm that you wanted to look at, you may want to check the Family Search catalog to see if it has already been digitized and able to be viewed online; if not, you may want to request it soon.  Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society is a Family History Center affiliate and you can request the film to be sent to our library for viewing.


Annual July BBQ

It is our custom here at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society to host a BBQ in July in lieu of a regular meeting.  This BBQ is open to society members and the public.  This year it will take place at the society library grounds, 6111 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA 98223, July 11th from 4 – 7 pm. Burgers, hot dogs and fixings will be provided; just bring a side dish, dessert or beverage and yourself and enjoy the company of fellow ancestor hunters!


Melungeon Meeting Follow Up

Interesting, informative and well attended is how I would describe last month’s meeting.  Jim Johnson from the Heritage Quest Research Library did a great job of teaching us about the unique Melungeon people.  If you were unable to attend, you missed out on a great resource.  As far as I know, I am not descended from these folks but I am still very glad I was able to attend and learn more about them.  Stay tuned for upcoming meeting notices and don’t miss out on future educational and informative topics that our society provides.