Overview of Scandinavian Resources, 2 part series

Jill Morelli, CG will be the guest speaker at the October and November Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) meetings. She will be presenting an Overview of Scandinavian Resources which will give an introduction to three major record sets of Sweden, Denmark and Norway in a two part series.  Part one will be Tuesday, October 10th at 1 pm and Part 2 will be Tuesday, November 14th at 1 pm.   Both presentations are free to the public and will be followed by the regular meeting of the SVGS.  Jill lectures and writes about her research and discoveries as a family historian.  She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous societies. Jill resides in Seattle, WA.

Both meetings will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library,   6111 – 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA.

Board Certified Genealogists Offers Free Lectures/Webinars

On October 6th BCG will offer free lectures at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. The lectures will also be available via webinar.  Following are the topics and the times. The times are Mountain Time – so adjust accordingly.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 a.m. – “Sweden’s Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s.” Martha Garrett, CG

10:15 a.m. – “Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise.” Jeanne Bloom, CG

11:30 a.m. – “Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery.” LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

1:30 p.m. – “Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis.” Jill Morelli, CG

2:45 p.m. – “Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records.” Ann Staley, CG, CGL

4:00 p.m. – “Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls.” Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

See the BCG page for more information.



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


Maritime Ancestors?

If you have ancestors involved in maritime careers, you may be interested in a free program being presented at 2 pm on September 30th at the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA.

Everett resident, Rebecca Huycke Ellison unearthed the suppressed biography of Capt. Daniel O. Killman and was able to gain permission from his family to have it re-edited and published.

From the Press Release:

“Capt. Killman was a two-fisted, square-rigged sailor of the old school. He was born in Maine in 1860, went to sea while still in his teens, and sailed for more than fifty years, most of which was out of west coast ports.  He settled in Tacoma in the early 1900s and died there in 1936. The ships he captained encountered and survived hurricanes, typhoons, murders and attempted murders, court cases, World War I, whalers in the Arctic, fishermen and gold seekers in Alaska, difficult crews, bureaucrats and officials in ports all around the world. The book is a 2016 winner of a Lyman Award, presented by the North American Society for Oceanic History. It was published by Texas A&M Press.”

Captain Killman originally wrote the biography in 1930’s but it was forgotten until the 1970’s when his family agreed to have it edited, annotated and published by maritime historians John Lyman and Harold D. Huycke, Jr.. Capt. Killman’s family rescinded permission to publish and the book was again forgotten until Rebcca Huycke Ellison rediscovered it and got permission from the family to publish it.

Edited to add:

For further information, please call 425-257-7640


Pacific Northwest History – Free Program

David J. Jepsen, principal author of Contested Boundaries: A New Pacific Northwest History appears in a free program at 2 p.m. Saturday September 23 in the Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Avenue, Everett WA.

From the Press Release:

Jepsen’s history details the momentous struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Asians and others as they struggled to hurdle one boundary after another during settlement, industrialization, economic calamity, world war and globalization.  He concludes with a compelling snapshot of recent history, titled the “Fractured Northwest,” in which the region is divided over the “Red-State, Blue-State” phenomenon of national politics. The book is published by Wiley Press.

The author is a Seattle native and is a historian, educator and writer who currently teaches Pacific Northwest and United States history at Tacoma Community College.

For further information, please call 425-257-7640

Hat tip to: League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations news list.

FREE DNA Webinar: Reveal Your Unique Story Through DNA & Family History

Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems and Diahan Southard, DNA Guide are presenting a free 90 minute webinar on using DNA and Online resources to further reveal your unique Story.  The webinar is being presented at 11 am eastern time on Saturday, September 23rd (THAT IS TOMORROW FOLKS!)  Click here for more detailed information and to register.

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!