Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society genealogist, Jennifer Strickland, brought to my attention a YouTube live stream that you may be interested in. It is a Q&A about Verogen, which bought GEDmatch. The live stream is over but you can watch the recording on YouTube here.
It has come to my attention that a recommendation has been made to close the Seattle NARA and move the records to facilities in California and Missouri. You can read more about it here: https://mynorthwest.com/1670992/seattle-national-archives-closure-recommendation/ and here: https://mynorthwest.com/1680107/officials-historians-seattle-national-archives-closure-horrendous/?
If you wish to write to express your thought on this closure, you can write to:
Russell T. Vought
Office of Management f& Budget
725 17th St. N
Washington DC 20503
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s meeting is CANCELLED due to the snow and we will likely be closed this Thursday as well. Please check our website to make sure we are open before attempting to come into the library.
With snow in the forecast, it is possible that we will need to close the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library. Please check our website for information on closures; we will post there as soon as we know we need to close. Our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, January 14th may be affected.
This week a number of sales are happening on things of interest to genealogists. My Heritage is having a great deal on DNA kits, Legacy Family Tree has a 50% off on their software and also on Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscriptions. Rootsmagic has a special sale on a bundle of their software, Ancestry has a special as well. You can read more about it at Genealogy Bargains. Also remember to check for specials on scanners and external hard drives to preserve your important research and photos.
Irish birth, marriage and death certificates now available online for free. Our society genealogist, Jennifer Strickland, shared an article that she found online. You can read it for yourself at: https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/genealogy/irish-geneaology-resource-free#.XajSovad5w1.facebook . This website is not a genealogy website but does have a section on genealogy. It has links for news, culture, roots, travel and more.
Lisa Louise Cooke provides a genealogy podcast entitled Genealogy Gems. She offers free content as well as premium member only content. Along with her podcast, she has a website and newsletter and many other resources. I highly recommend you check out her website. It was in her recent newsletter that I learned about free online resources that MyHeritage.com has made available. They are offering free online video classes from their recent conference. The classes vary from DNA to Writing to how to get the most out of the record sets on the MyHeritage.com website. You can read about the available classes here. You may be thinking that you don’t have a membership to their website but if you are a resident of Snohomish or Island Counties and have a library card to the Sno-Isle library system – you have access to the website for free from your home. To access MyHeritage.com with your Sno-Isle library card. Go to: http://www.sno-isle.org and click Online Library (at the top of the page), Click Research in the drop down menu and then Genealogy, click MyHeritage and log in with your library card and password. Happy Hunting!
Ancestry expands DNA reference panel to deliver more precise results and new regions. Read the full article on their blog.