UPDATE: Possible Snow Closures

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.



Black Friday Week Sales

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.

Happy shopping!


Irish Ancestry?

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.

Educational Resources

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!

Digging Deep – Doing Historical Research

Free Class / October 19 / 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM / Bellevue

Digging Deep – Doing Historical Research


Digging Deep is for local heritage volunteers, teachers, students, beginning genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past.  You’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic.

This class will cover:

·       What historical sources are—and how to use them;

·       What primary sources are—and aren’t;

·       What secondary sources are—and why they’re useful

·       How to use the library system in your research;

·       How to use archival collections;

·       How to find and use reliable online resources; How to properly cite your sources;

·       How to use information from different sources.

Seats are limited.  Register now at https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/recordsmanagement/trainingsignup.aspx

Scroll down to “Public Events” and click on the “Register” button for “Digging Deep: Doing Historical Research”

For further information, contact Mike Saunders, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch at mike.saunders@sos.wa.gov or 425-564-3950.

DNA in the News

Our society genealogist, Jennifer Strickland, shares this news.
Excerpt from article above.
NON-European owners will have their raw data automatically transferred to MyHeritage
Promethease currently contains hundreds of thousands of raw DNA files uploaded by customers who have tested with services such as Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA. The vast majority of Promethease customers are from the United States. As of November 1st, 2019, for existing non-European Promethease users only, the DNA data that is on Promethease will be copied to the MyHeritage website into new user accounts that will be created for them. Users who have uploaded DNA files to Promethease will retain ownership of their data (MyHeritage asserts no ownership rights over the DNA data), and manage it on the MyHeritage website in private accounts accessible only to them, and receive free value-add services, including ethnicity estimates and DNA matching for relatives. This is in addition to the accounts they will continue to maintain on Promethease. Non-European Promethease users who are not interested in having their DNA data and accounts copied to MyHeritage can log in to Promethease and delete their DNA data permanently before November 1st, 2019, and their DNA data and accounts will not be copied. Promethease users will also be able to delete their DNA data and accounts permanently from MyHeritage and Promethease at any time thereafter. MyHeritage will de-duplicate the DNA data so that DNA kits that have already been uploaded separately to MyHeritage by the same users will not be copied over to MyHeritage again. For new users who sign up to Promethease on or after November 1st, 2019 and upload DNA data, it will be copied to new accounts created for them on MyHeritage on an ongoing basis.


Promethease will send an email notification to all of its users in the coming week with details about the acquisition by MyHeritage and instructions regarding the potential data copy for non-European users, and instructions for opting in by European users. MyHeritage applies a strict privacy policy regarding DNA data, has never sold or licensed it to any third parties, and its privacy policy prohibits it from doing so without receiving explicit informed user consent. For as long as Promethease users have not granted such informed consent explicitly to MyHeritage, MyHeritage will never sell or license their DNA data to any third party.

Lake Stevens Museum Celebrates!

The Lake Stevens Museum celebrates its 30th Anniversary on September 22, 2019. The celebration will include a pie social, exhibits, speakers and best pie contest. The celebration will be from 2-5 pm at 1804 124th Ave NE, in downtown Lake Stevens.