Washington State Digital Newspapers website

From a news release:

 January 11, 2019 · News Release

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, has launched a new website for the Washington Digital Newspapers program: Washingtondigitalnewspapers.org.

The site features new titles in the State Library’s digital newspaper collection, with full-text article search of more than 400,000 pages from the State Library’s collection of historic Washington newspapers. Visitors can interact with the site with the help of text correction features to improve search results on dark or damaged pages, by attaching subject tags to articles, and saving their search history for larger research projects.

“This new resource provides students and other researchers with access to a rich trove of publications across decades of Washington history,” State Librarian Cindy Aden said. “Through viewing these historic digitized newspapers, it’s possible to understand important Washington experiences as they were viewed by the people who lived them.”

The Washington Digital Newspapers program brings together the library’s earliest pioneer-era online collection with titles digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


You can read the full content of the news release here.

Family Tree DNA in the News

Family Tree DNA has changed their privacy policy.  If you have a test with them, you will need to look at the privacy policy and make sure your settings are the way you want them.  They have been cooperating with law enforcement without a court order or without giving informed consent to participants in their database.  It is not our position to tell you whether that is good or bad but to give you information so that you can educate yourself as to what and how they are doing so. You can read some articles on the Legal Genealogist’s blog about it. The link will take you to her home page and once there you can search for the topic DNA and her articles on the topic will come up.

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society March Meeting

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) will have their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the SVGS library at 6111 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA  98223.  Our speaker will be Lori Lee Sauber of LSquared Innovations and her topic will be Organized Research from Cradle to Grave.  In this lecture she will provide A to Z guidance for managing a genealogical research project.  This presentation is free and open to the public. Lori was supposed to be our speaker in February but we had to reschedule due to the snow.

RootsTech 2019 News

For those of you who don’t know, RootsTech is one of the largest genealogy conferences, if not the largest, in the world.  It is held each year in Salt Lake City, UT and will be February 27th – March 2 this year. If you are not able to attend, they are offering a virtual pass to view recordings of 18 of their sessions. They will also live stream some of their sessions for free during the actual conference. You can learn all about RootsTech here.


Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Hello All!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30th, Family Tree Webinars is offering a free webinar put on by Thomas MacEntee (one of our Northwest Genealogy Conference Key Speakers).  The webinar is entitled You Can Do This: Photo Organizing and Preservation.  The webinar will be at 11 am Pacific Time.  Don’t worry if you can’t participate live, you should be able to stream it for up to a week later for free.  You can find all the details here.

Family Tree Webinars is a great place to further your genealogical education.  They usually have several free seminars available for streaming and our society has a membership so you can access the paid content here at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society library; just bring your headphones into the library and learn away.

Germans From Russia

The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society along with the Burlington Public Library are hosting well known speaker, David Obee.  He will be giving the presentation: Germans From Russia: Placing Our Ancestors in Historical Context.  The presentation will be Saturday, January 12th from 1 – 3 pm at the Burlington Public Library at 820 E. Washington, Burlington, WA.

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Meeting

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society’s January meeting will be Tuesday, January 8th at 1 pm. and will be held at the SVGS Library, 6111 188th PL NE, Arlington, WA.  SVGS member, Jennifer Strickland, will be giving a presentation entitled: DNA Results are In: What are the Possibilities, Sources.  This presentation is free and open to the public.