Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles


Enemy Women is a historical fiction novel set in the state of Missouri during the Civil War.  The author quotes many original sources throughout the book.  This is the second book I have read by Paulette Jiles and I find her to be a very engaging author.  Some of my ancestors lived in Missouri during this time period and I found the book to be very eye opening as to the hardships that they may have endured.  When I research my family history, I want to understand what life may have been like for them – it helps me to be more connected.  Well-researched historical fiction is a great way to put your ancestors in context of the world in which they existed.  I highly recommend this book, especially if you had family in Missouri during this time period.


DNA Kit Sale

All of the major DNA test kit providers are having “Father’s Day” sales currently.  You can find more detailed information at Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Bargains website.  Thomas keeps abreast of genealogy related sales and passes the information along to those of us who are interested.


Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society June Meeting

Tuesday, June 12th the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society will host Michelle Goodrum who will speak on Digging for Land Records in Indexes & Deeds.  Michelle has been seriously researching her family history since the 1990s and has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy annually since 2012. In May 2013 she graduated from the ProGen program.  Currently, she is the Administrator for the  Gen-Proof Study Group program. A  group studying the book Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS.   The meeting will be start at 1 pm and will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library located at 6111 – 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA  98223.  This meeting is free and open to the public.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

We have received the latest issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 106, No. 1, March 2018.

The Featured Articles include:

Which Amos Lockwood of Fairfield county, Connecticut, was Gilbert’s Son, and Where did He Go? Claire Ammon, CG

Pity the Poor Pfuhl: The Bavarian Origin of Lorenz Full of Lake County, Indiana,  F. Warren Bittner, CG 

Fannie Fern Crandall and her Three-Timing Darling Husband,                                Harold A. Henderson, CG

Finding Family in Tennessee’s Wild Frontier – Catharine Grissom’s Kin                 Cheryl Storton, CG

As I have written before, do not pass up the valuable information in the publications that we receive here at SVGS.

DNA, Ethics and a Killer Caught?

I am sure many of you are aware of the recent arrest in the cold case of the Golden State Killer.  It is how they caught the killer that is of interest to those of us involved in genealogy research, at least those of us who use DNA to help us in our research.  Police submitted a sample of the Golden State Killer’s DNA to Gedmatch DNA website to see if they could find a match and they did find one. Upon finding a match, they went through painstaking research of family trees to find a probable suspect. It was through this research that they were able to solve the case and make an arrest.  I am sure all of us are glad that a killer is off the streets but many are concerned about the ethics of law enforcement using a database meant for family history research being used for police activity.  These are questions that the genetic genealogy community now has to grapple with.  I am not here to debate the sides of the issue but to bring the resources to you so that you can educate yourself on the ramifications of submitting DNA samples for family history research.

On Sunday, April 29, 2018 The Seattle Times recently printed an article by Gina Kolata and Heather Murphy from the New York Times entitled DNA websites open a frontier for police.

Lisa Louise Cooke presented a detailed discussion on this issue on her most recent podcast #217 which can be found here:


Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist has an extensive post on the subject here:


These are just a few of the many articles out there and discussions going on in genealogy circles.

The bottom line for us is to make sure we read the privacy policies of the companies we test with and provide full disclosure of possibilities to those in our family we want to test.

Food for thought,


German Genealogy Seminar – Portland, Oregon

The following is from the Genealogical Forum of Oregon newsletter.  If you would like a trip to Portland, you might find the seminar a great addition to your trip – especially if you are researching German ancestors.

German Seminar 2018

Early Bird Registration ends after June 17th

Don’t miss out on this super amazing Half-Day German Research Seminar at GFO Library.

WHEN? July 7th, 9:30am – noon
WHO? Presenter Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG®
WHAT? Learn the wonders of the Meyers Gazetteer, and learn how to read German Church and Civil Records
WHERE? GFO’s Library (map)

Registration starts HERE! (Sign up online or print the paper registration formand mail it on in today.)

Who Do You Think You Are

The television show that explores the ancestry of a number of celebrities each season is going to be back on air starting Monday, May 21 at 9 pm.  From what I found online, it appears that there will be two episodes running for the season premier.  The show airs on the Learning Channel (TLC).  Last season, the show was also available online a few days after it aired on TV – so watch for that option as well.  Even if I don’t care for the celebrity involved on an episode, I am always interested in how they went about finding the information about their ancestor.

Happy watching,