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.


Free Webinar: Hosting an Online Family Reunion

The New England Historic and Genealogical Society is offering the free webinar entitled Hosting an Online Family Reunion

Thursday, January 18, 2018 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT
Presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist

Family reunions are a great way to stay in touch with relatives, meet new faces, and share your family history finds with an interested audience. They can also encourage new genealogical discoveries and understanding. Join Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert to learn how to create a virtual family reunion this year using Facebook, YouTube, Skype, and other freely available online tools. You can register here.

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

Holiday Closure

The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library will be closed from Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 through Monday, January 1st, 2018.  We will resume our normal 10am – 4pm hours on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

May you all have a happy holiday season!



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!

Swedish or Finnish Ancestry?

The following is shared from the Washington State Genealogical Society Blog.  If you don’t subscribe to their blog, you should.  They share information from societies all around the region.

*** Did you know there is a Swedish-Finn Historical Society here in Washington? It is an organization dedicated to finding and remembering the history of the Swedes and Finns who migrated to the Evergreen State…. about 80,000 of them. If you have this ethnicity, click to

Holiday Potluck

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society’s December meeting will be our annual holiday potluck.  We will meet Tuesday, December 12th at noon in the conference room at the SVGS library. Bring a dish to share and come fellowship with other genealogy minded family historians.  Our regular meeting will follow the potluck.