DNA Kits

Ancestry DNA is having a sale.  Kits are $69 through October 21st, 9PM Pacific Time.  You can go to Ancestry.com or Amazon to purchase them.  If you have Amazon Prime, you will also receive free shipping.

Internet Genealogy Magazine

The October/November 2018 issue of Internet Genealogy has arrived at the SVGS library and it looks to be packed full of great information on subjects such as:

Researching Indentured Servants

Naval Muster Rolls

Digital Public Library of America

Occupations of Yesteryear

and so much more!  Come in and look it over.


Happy Hunting!


October Meeting and Presentation

At our October 9th, 1 pm meeting, Mary Kircher Roddy will present “Bagging a Live One”. Mary earned her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of California in 1982 and Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. In 2005 she earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, The Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. During this presentation Mary will teach how to find distant relatives, perhaps some that you didn’t know existed.  You will come away with the skills to target specific people and to find their contact details.  Great for finding missing friends and cousins or for locating family members to fill out your DNA “dance card.” This presentation will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library and is free and open to the public.

The Stillaguamish Genealogical Society Library address is:

6111 188th Pl. NE, Arlington, WA


Found Photo: To Whom Does it Belong?

The attached photo was found in one of our library books.  The book is titled: A History of The Irish Settlers in North America by Thomas D’Arcy McGee.  There is no label on the back of the photo, only the date August 1985.  If this is your photo, please call us at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, 360-435-4838 and leave a message for Pam.  We will be very happy to reunite the photo with the owner.SVGS unidentified photo.jpg


We have received Issues of Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today here at the SVGS library.  Some of the topics covered in the current issues look very interesting.

A few of the topics included in Your Genealogy Today include:

Shades of Gray: Tackling Uncertainty in Your Research

What is XDNA

Cathedrals, Crypts and the Family Tree

Researching Circus & Vaudeville Ancestors

Internet Genealogy topics include:

Civil War African-American Union Soldier Records

Rain or Shine? Your Ancestors’ Weather

Germans from Russia Heritage Collection

These magazines are always informative and helpful toward researching those elusive ancestors.  Come into the library and check them out.





Legacy Family Tree Webinars

This weeks free offerings are:


Using Lists to Find Proof by Cari Taplin, CG

25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know by Lisa Alzo – (live webinar is Wednesday, September 19th)

The Importance of Newspapers for Family Research by Daniel Horowitz (live webinar, Tuesday, September 25, 2018)

The webinars are usually free for a week.  Check on Legacy.com for more information.  Remember that we have a subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars at our library.  Just bring a pair of headphones and you can watch any of their webinars on one of our computers.



SVGS September Meeting

At the September SVGS meeting, we had a wonderful presentation on Irish Research by Eva Doherty Gremmert.  Eva is an engaging speaker with a vast knowledge of Irish history and the records available to the family history researcher. We had a wonderful turn out and I believe those that attended will agree that we hope that we can have Eva speak for us again in the future.

In addition to being an excellent speaker, Eva has written a book entitled A Cottage in Donegal: Mary Doherty’s Story. From the forward: The book is a historical fiction work based on the life of Eva’s great grandmother, Mary Doherty. “The book is written in memoir form from Mary’s perspective. There are no surviving letters or journals from Mary herself. I have created an entertaining, historically accurate story of the life of a typical woman in rural Ireland in the 19th century from family stories and the remaining artifacts from Mary’s life.”  Eva was so kind as to donate a copy of her book to our wonderful library.  It will be cataloged soon and available to peruse. If you would like to purchase a copy for your own personal library, the book is available on Amazon.com.

If you haven’t been attending our monthly meetings, you have been missing out on the wonderful information that our speakers impart.  In addition to wonderful speakers, it is  great feeling to be around so many people that share a common goal of researching our ancestors and passing on the story of their lives. We hope you will join us for future meetings here at Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society.